Calhoun Community College in Huntsville illuminated the outside of their building with blue lights for Autism Awareness for the entire month of April. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
Calhoun Community College in Huntsville illuminated the outside of their building with blue lights for Autism Awareness for the entire month of April. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

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Calhoun goes blue in April for Autism Awareness

Published 11:23pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

By Aldo Amato
Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — Calhoun Community College became a visual partner and autism awareness sponsor as they lit the outside of their Huntsville campus blue on April 2 in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

Public Affairs, Community Relations and Special Events Coordinator Janet Kincherlow-Martin said that the event was an idea that worked its way up through the ranks and became possible with the persistence of the Calhoun staff.

“Our Services to Special Populations Director Dawn Hale saw it somewhere and she thought it would be a good idea to do it,” she said. “I know of colleges and universities that are doing it as well. I know that it is something that is highly recommended.” 

Kincherlow-Martin said the blue lights on the exterior of the building should be visible from I-565.

“It should be pretty visible throughout the building when all lights are turned out,” she said. “It should be pretty blue.” 

She added that the month long illumination of the building is important because Calhoun is showing that it cares about students with autism, including the ones who attend the college.

“We do have students at the college who are autistic,” she said. “We wanted to do this to honor those students. That is one of the things that we pride ourselves on, recognizing diversity. We always aim to recognize diversity within our student population, even if it is in a small way.”

Calhoun Community College is located at 102B Wynn Dr. NW in Huntsville.

 

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