Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is featured to be the main speaker at the Mackinac Bridge lighting ceremony on April 2, 2012, which will kick off a month-long project dedicated to raising autism awareness in Michigan.
The bridge will be lit blue for the entire month of April, in recognition of the National Autism Awareness Month. The “Light It Blue” bridge initiative was inspired by Corner Pieces, a Sault Ste. Marie-based organization that supports autistic families throughout Michigan and surrounding states. The project, which is being sponsored by various Michigan businesses and organizations, and will also help to raise funds to purchase iPads equipped with educational software for autistic children.
Governor Calley, who has a 4-year-old autistic daughter, has been an outspoken advocate of expanding Michigan’s health care coverage for children affected by the disability. The governor has gone on the record as stating that society’s financial benefits are greater when children receive treatment, rather than leaving autistic children to remain as dependents for the rest of their lives.