Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Phi Sigma Pi national co-ed
honor fraternity has organized six different events for its first Autism Awareness
Week, planned for March 30 through April 4, 2015.
All of the events are designed to raise awareness about
autism, and donations also will be welcomed at events throughout the week to
benefit the international autism awareness project, “Light It Up Blue.” Autism
Awareness Month is celebrated internationally in April.
All of the events are free and open to the community. IUP’s
Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining are cosponsors for the
The fraternity will begin the week’s events on March 30 with
“pin it blue” from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Stapleton Library. Members will be
distributing autism awareness pins, information, and blue ribbons, and will
offer the opportunity for persons to write messages on puzzle pieces related to
autism awareness. The color blue and a puzzle piece shape is associated with
March 31 is “Piece by Piece” day with members of the
fraternity distributing awareness items and offering puzzle pieces for persons to
write messages about autism from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Stapleton Library, the
Hadley Union Building, and in five residence halls: Stevenson Hall, Wallwork
Hall, Suites on Pratt, Northern Suites, and Whitmyre Hall.
On April 1, three members of the IUP faculty will serve on
an Autism Awareness Panel at 7:00 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building Delaware Room.
Faculty panelists will be Joanne Migyanka, IUP College of Education and
Educational Technology, and Diane Shinberg, Sociology Department.
The movie Temple Grandin will be shown April 2 at 6:30
p.m. in G-98 Wallwork Hall.
On April 3, the fraternity hopes to have more than 100
persons be part of a special photography project to create a mosaic of
individuals in blue shirts or with face painting to create a mosaic of
individuals who want to raise awareness about autism. Any person is welcome to
participate by getting a photo taken for this project in the photo area on
the ground floor of the Hadley Union Building (next to the Delaware Room) from 11:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The week’s events conclude with an autism awareness walk on
April 4 starting and ending in the Stephenson Hall courtyard. Events for the
walk begin at 5:00 p.m. with persons invited to make signs and have faces painted.
Families involved in the IUP Special Needs Activity Program have been invited
to be part of the walk. The Stephenson rotunda will be lighted in blue for this
culminating event, and members of the fraternity will make brief remarks to
begin the walk.
For more information about the events, contact Robert
Matchett at email@example.com or at
(412) 480-8193 or Aubrey Keperling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group is
encouraging persons to use social media to build awareness at #LIUB and