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ACR-60 Autism: sensory-friendly movie screenings.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 60

Relative to autism.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 06, 2017. ]


ACR 60, 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 2017, National Autism Awareness Month.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the social, communication, and behavioral skills of those affected by 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 have begun 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 screenings and similar programs, and encourages families to attend a sensory-friendly screening during April 2017, 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.