R 254
2021 -- S 0909
Enacted 05/18/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Raptakis, and Rogers
Date Introduced: May 17, 2021

     WHEREAS, Annually, May 14th marks Childhood Apraxia of Speech Day during which
awareness is raised throughout Rhode Island about childhood apraxia of speech, an extremely
challenging speech disorder that affects 1 in 1,000 children; and
     WHEREAS, Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) causes children to have significant
difficulty learning to speak and is among the most severe speech deficits in children; and
     WHEREAS, The act of learning to speak comes effortlessly to most children, however,
those with apraxia require early, appropriate, and intensive speech therapy, often for many years
in order to learn to speak; and
     WHEREAS, Without appropriate speech therapy intervention, children with apraxia will
have diminished communication skills, and are also placed at high risk for secondary impacts in
reading, writing, spelling, and other school-related skills; and
     WHEREAS, These primary and secondary impacts can diminish future independence and
employment opportunities and challenge the individual's ability to become productive,
contributing citizens if not resolved or improved; and
     WHEREAS, Public awareness about childhood apraxia of speech in Rhode Island is
essential for families of children with this neurological disorder and the professionals who
support them in order to achieve the needed services for those learning to use their own voice;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby proclaims May 14,
2021, to be "Apraxia Awareness Day" and encourages the citizens of Rhode Island to work
within their communities to increase awareness and understanding of childhood apraxia of
speech. We furthermore extend our highest respect to these children, as well as their families, for
their effort, determination, and resilience in the face of such obstacles, and to Apraxia Kids, the
leading nonprofit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of
speech; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and herby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Apraxia Kids.