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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 14, 2021 12:19 PM
From: Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: April 2021 as Autism Acceptance Month in Pennsylvania
I will introduce a resolution designating April 2021 as “Autism Acceptance Month" in Pennsylvania.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, lifelong developmental disability resulting in impairment of an individual’s ability to learn, develop healthy interactive behaviors and understand verbal, nonverbal and reciprocal communication. In fact, approximately 1 in 54 American children are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020).

This resolution intends to highlight the greater need for recognition, understanding and acceptance to ensure that all individuals living with ASD are accurately diagnosed and appropriately supported throughout their lives.

Throughout the month of April, my office will be promoting information, resources and services for autistic people and their families in Pennsylvania. Included will be resources provided by the Bureau of Autism Services, housed under the PA Department of Human Services.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to promote awareness and acceptance for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.