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ACR-213 Autism: sensory-friendly movie screenings.(2017-2018)

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Revised  April 19, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 09, 2018


Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 213

Introduced by Assembly Members Grayson and Frazier
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Acosta, Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Baker, Berman, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonta, Burke, Caballero, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chávez, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Dahle, Daly, Eggman, Flora, Fong, Friedman, Gallagher, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Gray, Harper, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove, Kiley, Lackey, Levine, Limón, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Medina, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Patterson, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Reyes, Rodriguez, Rubio, Salas, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Voepel, Waldron, Weber, and Wood)

April 03, 2018

Relative to autism.


ACR 213, as amended, Grayson. Autism: sensory-friendly movie screenings.
This measure would declare the support of the Legislature for the expansion of sensory-friendly movie screenings and similar programs for people with autism, and would encourage families to attend a sensory-friendly movie screening during April 2018, which is National Autism Awareness Month.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the social, communication, and behavioral skills of those afflicted with it; and

WHEREAS, More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder; and
WHEREAS, Individuals with autism often utilize specialized and community support services to ensure their health and safety, and to support their families’ resilience as they manage the unique psychological and financial conditions autism presents; and
WHEREAS, Attending a movie theater with family members is an enriching and enjoyable experience for many Californians; and
WHEREAS, Theaters around the country are beginning to offer “Sensory Friendly Screenings” as a special opportunity for individuals with autism and others to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting setting; and
WHEREAS, In order to provide a more comfortable and accepting environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, the movie auditorium keeps the sound turned slightly down and the lights turned slightly up; and
WHEREAS, Because some individuals with autism have specialized dietary needs, families are allowed to bring their own snacks from home; and
WHEREAS, Audience members are free to get up and dance, walk, sing, or shout, and are able to relax and enjoy quality family time without worrying if someone will complain or be disturbed by movement or noise; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature supports and promotes the expansion of sensory-friendly movie screenings and similar programs, and encourages families to attend a sensory-friendly movie screening during April 2018, which is National Autism Awareness Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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