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366 Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month, April 2020
WHEREAS, autism can affect anyone regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status, or
WHEREAS, the prevalence of autism in the United States is 1 in 68 children; and
WHEREAS, autism affects more than 3 million people in the United States; and more than 55,000 children and adults with autism are receiving services in the commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, children and adults with autism are our family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers; and
WHEREAS, each individual with autism is unique, with talents and qualities such as exceptional
focus and dedication; and
WHEREAS, individuals with autism benefit from specialized services and community support to ensure their health and safety and full participation in community life, such as Forest/Warren Human Services Early Intervention and Intellectual Disabilities Programs; and
WHEREAS, individuals with autism, families, professionals, and community members are supported through connections with others and the sharing of resources; and
WHEREAS, the resilience of families and individuals with autism is strengthened through
WHEREAS, we value what is important to people with autism and their families, who are striving
to live everyday lives; and
WHEREAS, positive outcomes increase for individuals with autism when training is provided to professionals across all systems, including those in justice, healthcare, and emergency response settings; and
WHEREAS, the aims for Autism Awareness Month are to inform the general public about both the potential and needs of people with autism and to stress the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, as well as the importance of providing appropriate supports that continue through adulthood.
THEREFORE, in recognition of Pennsylvanians diagnosed with autism and their families, We, the Board of Warren County Commissioners, do hereby proclaim April 2020 as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH.
We encourage all Pennsylvanians to provide their support in furthering awareness about autism.
ADOPTED, this 25th day of March, 2020.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Tricia D. Durbin
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Commissioner