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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 22, 2014 10:27 AM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Recognizing April 2, 2015 as “World Autism Awareness Day”

In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing April 2, 2015 as “World Autism Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.

Autism spectrum disorder is a complex neurological disorder that impairs one’s ability to learn, understand verbal communication, as well as interactive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined. It has become an urgent health concern and, unfortunately at present, there is no cure.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution for the benefit of all those afflicted with this disorder, as well as their families and extended families.

Introduced as HR25