2017 Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day

4/1/2017

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; and

WHEREAS, as one of the fastest-growing developmental mental disabilities in the United States, 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 and nonverbal communication; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in 68 school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrums disorder; 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 2017 as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH and April 2, 2017, as WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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