Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Hello and welcome to the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop!
As a social worker, I knew that I had to join in on raising awareness for autism. 

Autism Speaks shares a lot of information about autism. You can register on their website to officially participate in shining a light on autism! 

According to Autism Society:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability;
signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s
ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a
certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects
individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single
cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis and
intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to
significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with
autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye
contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive
functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense
interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person
on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or
many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is
applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great
as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight
shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to
consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their
children. In June 2014, researchers estimated
the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4
million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing
almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes
research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for
autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment,
related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)

Know the signs: Early identification can change lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Know the Signs. Act Early” site.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

© Autism Speaks

We have so many fantastic sponsors
that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the
complete list here. If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous
companies, leave a comment on this blog and any of the other blogs
participating in today’s hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will
be announced on Monday, April 6. Now here is the card I created for
today’s hop! 

I created a cute layered card with Panda Can’t Even and Building Blocks

Since I have a lot of pattern paper, I felt that I could use a few of them and this actually came together quite accidentally. Many things in my scrap bin are die-cut pieces, like the cloud and circles. The panda was stamped in Hero Arts black dye ink and then stamped again in Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder for a glossy look. The labels were die-cut from the Building Blocks dies. I took “omg” from Panda Can’t Even and “you’re amazing just the way you are” from Building Blocks. The heart was from the panda set. My finishing touch included Smarty Pants and Lemon Chiffon sequins from The Ton.  

Thanks for visiting! Remember, you have until Friday night to comment on The Ton’s Blog Hop & Bauble Giveaway!!

Linking this to the following challenge:
Virginia’s View Challenge #14: Layers and Dimensions
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Pastel 


  1. Greta

    April 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Adorable card perfect for the hop!

  2. Monika/Buzsy

    April 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    What a sweet card Ruby. Love the darling panda… great colors and design.

  3. Ashley Nguyen Newell

    April 7, 2015 at 1:26 am

    How fun! That panda is so cute! Thanks for taking the time to spread Autism Awareness!

  4. Jenny

    April 6, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Such a fun card with a heartfelt sentiment….love all the layers 🙂
    Jenny x

  5. Rachel Winn

    April 6, 2015 at 3:45 am

    How fun is that Panda! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Joyce

    April 6, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Wonderful card. I love that panda and how happy he looks.

  7. Deena

    April 6, 2015 at 2:43 am

    What a fabulous card. So glad to participate in such a fun and talented way to raise awareness.

  8. Lynn Hardy

    April 6, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Such a cute Panda! Thanks for all the information on Autism too.

  9. Mary Roberson

    April 6, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Any card with a doily and a Panda is just Fantastic!

  10. Sue D

    April 6, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Very cute. I like how this all came together.

  11. JD/ Jill

    April 6, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Beautifully done card! Just perfect for this blog hop!

  12. Ann

    April 6, 2015 at 12:04 am

    So cute, love it.

  13. Sandra

    April 5, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Such a fun card ! Love the panda! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  14. Jessi Fogan

    April 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Oh Ruby this is purely adorable! I love this little scene and that great sentiment. I'm so glad you joined in this hop that is making my heart sing 🙂

  15. Karenladd

    April 5, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Love everything about this card from the panda to the layered embellishments, and especially the sentiment!! So darn cute!

  16. Helen F.

    April 5, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Such a sweet little panda! Wonderful sentiment

  17. Janis

    April 4, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    So fun with the happy panda!!!
    Thanks so much for participating in this important hop!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. Mynn Kitchen

    April 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Such a sweet card! LOVE the doilies! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  19. jamie vanskiver

    April 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I LOVE the sentiment! Your card is beautiful and the panda is so cute:)

  20. Lieve

    April 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Beautiful card ! Great sentiment ! Thank you for joining this heart-warming blog hop !

  21. Sarah Gray

    April 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    What a lovely card – gorgeous layers, patterns and sentiment! Thanks for sharing the info as well – great post 🙂

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