Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day


WHEREAS, autism spectrum disorder is the result of a group of complex neurological disorders that affects the normal functioning of the human brain and can be exhibited by anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender; and

WHEREAS, as one of the fastest-growing development mental disabilities in the U.S., autism is an urgent public health crisis that demands support from all levels of government; and

WHEREAS, symptoms  of autism may present themselves in a variety of combinations and can result in significant lifelong impairment of an individual’s ability to learn, develop healthy interactive behaviors, and understand verbal as well as nonverbal communication; and

WHEREAS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States in their 2014 ADDM autism prevalence report; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to ensuring that persons living with autism have access to lifelong care and services needed to pursue their full potential and happiness; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is honored to take part in the annual observance of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day in the hope that it will lead to a better understanding of the disorder;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2016 as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH and April 2, 2016, as WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.