11-R239

2011 -- H 6078

Enacted 04/27/11

 

 

H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING APRIL, 2011, AS "AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

     

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Palumbo, Morrison, Naughton, San Bento, and JP O`Neill

     Date Introduced: April 27, 2011

 

     

 

     WHEREAS, Autism is a neurological disorder that profoundly affects a personís ability

to communicate, process, and respond to sensory information, making it difficult for them to

relate to others and the world around them; and

     WHEREAS, Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States,

affecting 1 in 110 children, and, based on statistics from the United States Department of

Education and other governmental agencies, Autism is growing at a startling rate of 10 to 17

percent per year.  At this rate, the Autism Society of America estimates that the prevalence of

Autism could reach four million Americans in the next decade; and

     WHEREAS, Typically appearing during the first three years of life, Autism is the result

of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain.  Autism knows no

racial, ethnic, or social boundaries, but is three to four times more prevalent in boys than in girls;

and

     WHEREAS, Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in the areas

of research, diagnostic practices, and therapies for individuals with Autism; and

     WHEREAS, A variety of causes, including environmental toxins, childhood

immunizations, and genetics, are all being studied in relation to Autism, but to date, there is no

identifiable cause or cure for Autism; and

     WHEREAS, Research indicates that early, intensive, sustained, and appropriate

intervention can result in significant improvements in the quality of life, level of independent

functioning, and reduction of public costs associated with Autism; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims April, 2011, to be ďAutism Awareness Month" in the

State of Rhode Island; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives hereby recognizes the achievements

made by various individuals and agencies across the state who have improved the quality of life

for those with Autism and their families, and supports the continuation of their efforts through

greater awareness, understanding, and knowledge of this disorder; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Autism Coalition.

     

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