Tomblin backs Autism Speaks

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently joined children, families and autism advocates to light the State Capitol blue in support of the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign.

“There is no greater joy than caring for a child – and as parents, we enthusiastically support our kids in everything they do,” Tomblin said. “There are times when we cannot do it alone – we must rely on the support of family, friends and others in our communities. For this reason and many more, I’ve proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month.”

In support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month, the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion were illuminated blue for the evening. The Capitol and mansion join nearly 3,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in more than 600 U.S. cities, and 50 countries around the world, that shine a bright light on autism.

Throughout the month of April, West Virginians can lend their support by lighting up their homes, businesses, places of worship or even websites blue. For more information, visit