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SCR-125 Autism Awareness Month.(2017-2018)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 125

Relative to Autism Awareness Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  May 15, 2018. ]


SCR 125, Hueso. Autism Awareness Month.
This measure would designate April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month and would encourage residents to show support for autism awareness.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests during the first few years of a child’s life and results from a neurological disorder that affects brain function; and
WHEREAS, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can affect an individual’s social, communication, and behavioral skills; and
WHEREAS, Autism affects children from all countries, regardless of gender, race, or socio-economic status; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that as many as 2.41 percent of children in the United States suffer from ASD; and
WHEREAS, Young adults with autism are less likely to continue their education past secondary school and 35 percent do not have a job or receive postgraduate education after leaving high school; and
WHEREAS, Autism affects people from all backgrounds, but disproportionately affects minority and economically disadvantaged communities due to the cost and inaccessibility of autism care; and
WHEREAS, Medical expenses for children with ASD are shown to be four to six times greater than those without ASD; and
WHEREAS, While there is no cure for autism, it is well-documented that if individuals with autism receive treatment early in their lives, it is often possible for those individuals to lead significantly improved lives; and
WHEREAS, While there is no diagnostic test for ASD, the increased awareness of autism and the detection services available today make it possible for more people to be properly diagnosed with ASD; and
WHEREAS, ASD is not becoming more pervasive, but rather, the increased accessibility to services and professionals is assisting individuals in the diagnosis process; and
WHEREAS, Individuals with autism often require a lifetime of specialized and community support services to ensure their health and safety, as well as the resilience of their families as they manage the psychological and financial burdens autism presents; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature designates the month of April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month and encourages residents to show support for autism awareness; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.