Rett Syndrome Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Rett syndrome is a unique neuro-developmental disorder that shows its effects in infancy or early childhood; and

WHEREAS, Rett syndrome is almost exclusively found in females and every two hours a girl is born with Rett syndrome; and

WHEREAS, Rett syndrome is characterized by normal early growth and development, followed by a slowing of development resulting in the loss of purposeful hand movement, the ability to speak, and the ability to walk; and

WHEREAS, due to the rarity of Rett syndrome, little is known about its prognosis and the life expectancy of those affected; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that Rett syndrome patients have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of this tragic disease continues, as there is no known cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2016 as RETT SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.