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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 26, 2015 04:27 PM
From: Representative Marguerite Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Month in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution designating the month of July 2015 as “Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is genetic and causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. Fragile X syndrome occurs when there is a mutation in the FMR1 gene. Everyone is born with the FMR1 gene, which is on the X chromosome.

Affected individuals usually have delayed development of speech and language by age 2. Most males with fragile X syndrome have mild to moderate intellectual disability, while about one-third of affected females are intellectually disabled. Children with fragile X syndrome may also have anxiety and hyperactive behavior such as fidgeting or impulsive actions. They may have attention deficit disorder (ADD), which includes an impaired ability to maintain attention and difficulty focusing on specific tasks. About one-third of individuals with fragile X syndrome have features of autism spectrum disorders that affect communication and social interaction. Seizures occur in about 15 percent of males and about 5 percent of females with fragile X syndrome.

While there is currently no cure for fragile X syndrome, there are many areas of treatment and intervention that can improve the lives of affected individuals and their families. Given the proper education, therapy, and support, all persons with fragile X syndrome can make progress.

I hope you will consider joining me in raising awareness of FXS by cosponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR417