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AT&T Helped Light the City Blue

AT&T employees from Tulsa, OK

Today, autism affects one out of 50 children throughout the nation. Over 80 percent of children at Little City have pervasive developmental disabilities, including autism, Asperger syndrome and other diagnoses on the autism spectrum. Last April, Little City raised awareness surrounding autism as they worked to “Light the City Blue.”

Throughout the month of April, Little City asked staff, friends, families, supporters and corporations to wear blue, use blue light bulbs and more to help spread the word. The campaign started on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.

AT&T showed overwhelming support, inviting their teammates to join Little City in raising awareness. Employees from all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico participated in the event.

“I became aware of Little City’s Light the City Blue campaign through my friend, Shawna Egan. I especially wanted to get involved in the campaign because of my relationship with Shawna and her daughter, Abby, who is affected by autism. Autism has also touched the lives of many of our employees, whether through their own child, a niece or nephew or even a family friend. My team embraced the opportunity to help spread awareness and went above and beyond to participate,” said Kathy Messman, Director, AT&T Mobility, Desktop Tools and Technology.

For Kathy and her team, the choice to get involved was easy.

“A major focus of all corporations today is Diversity and Inclusion. Events like this provide an opportunity to bring a large group of people together by recognizing that everyone has their own individual challenges. Employees feel valued when their entire organization rallies behind something that so intimately touches their lives, added Kathy. “This type of event is easy to participate in and more importantly, it’s fun. My team had a great time with it!”

Thank you to the AT&T team who helped Light the City Blue.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services