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414 Autism Awareness Month


Autism Awareness Month, April 2021


WHEREAS, autism can affect anyone regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status, or

geography; and


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

support; and


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 2021 as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH.


We encourage all Pennsylvanians to provide their support in furthering awareness about autism.

ADOPTED, this 24th day of March, 2021.



Benjamin Kafferlin


Tricia D. Durbin

Attest:                                                                                         Vice Chair


Pamela J. Matve                                                                      Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                Commissioner