Touro University Nevada Celebrates Autism Awareness Month with ‘Light It Up Blue’

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, families from the Touro Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) celebrated with a party inside the High Roller at The LINQ.

Children’s smiles beamed throughout the room as they and their parents played games, ate delicious food, and spent quality time with each other and the CADD staff.

“Light It Up Blue is the perfect way to celebrate the importance of Autism Awareness Month,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division.

To kick the party off right, the children and their families rode The High Roller for free as they were treated to an impeccable view of the Las Vegas skyline. In addition to the CADD party on the third floor, a special party was held for Touro donors and VIP guests on the fifth floor. Each VIP’s $20 entry fee went directly to the Center.

Gina Myers has been bringing her twin boys, Cameron and Ray, to the Center for seven years. They look forward to Light It Up Blue every year, she said.

“It’s very hard for some people to understand exactly what autism is and how it affects those who have it,” Myers said. “My boys are identical twins, but their autism isn’t identical.”

Myers said events like Light It Up Blue are really important to help raise awareness for autism. She hopes that those who aren’t familiar with it can leave with a better understanding.

“Kids with autism might not be able to control their bodies or the things they say, but they are still people like you and I,” she said. “They still think, feel, and learn just like everyone else.”

As the party came to a close around 8 p.m., families and guests made their way down to the base of the High Roller in the heart of the LINQ promenade. With help from Caesars Entertainment staff, the children counted down from ‘10.’ Once they got to ‘0,’ the High Roller turned blue in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.

The kids cheered and clapped, delighted in their accomplishment. They’ll hang on to the memories of this year’s celebration until next year when they will do it all over again.

“Tonight’s event was very successful, and seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces makes the whole evening worthwhile,” Berkley said. “Light It Up Blue will always be one of my favorite events of the year.”

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