April 2 was Autism Awareness Day and the lights on the Eagan Tower were shining blue in observance.
This was due primarily to the persistence of a very determined high school student, Emily. I recall how disappointed she was when the City of Eagan refused her first request. Since that time, the City has altered the policy and the blue lights shined brightly on this Autism Awareness Day.
In addition, Emily also arranged a celebration of the occasion at the shelter by the Eagan Community Center. There were blue lanterns, blue cupcakes that she baked, blueberries, and glow necklaces. An event to remember.
Autism impacts so many people and we need to be addressing it on a much larger level than we are doing currently. The earlier it is addressed the better the outcome.