By NICOLE ROGERSON
For me, it was never about a light.
It wasn’t even about the colour blue.
So how did I get here – in a very public spat with the NSW Premier?
I am mum to Jack, a beautiful 17-year-old young man with autism.
My day job involves running an Early Intervention Centre and in my spare time, I volunteer as CEO of Autism Awareness Australia.
April 2nd is the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day and iconic buildings and landmarks around the globe will be turning blue for the global awareness campaign ‘Light it Up Blue’. I wanted Australia to join that campaign, so in 2011, with the help of the then State Government, we lit the sails of the Sydney Opera House blue-ish…
You see, the trouble with the lights on the Opera House is that they don’t work very well for the colour blue.
So this year, we requested the State Government stump up for projection, so we could get this thing bright blue.Finding out last Tuesday, less than a month before the event, that the Premier was only willing to support the original blue-ish level of lighting was a bit heart breaking.
You might think this is just semantics but the Premier’s decision to only support second rate projection is a painfully perfect metaphor for the second rate support given to people with autism in Australia.