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K00725 Summary:

MLTSPNSRBarrett, Buttenschon, Walsh
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K00725 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 725
BY: M. of A. Santabarbara
        MEMORIALIZING  Governor  Kathy  Hochul to proclaim
        April 2022, as Autism Acceptance Month in the  State
        of New York
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body to recognize
official months and days that are set aside  to  increase  awareness  of
important  issues  that  affect the lives of citizens of New York State;
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully  in  accord  with  its
long-standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to
memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to  proclaim  April  2022,  as  Autism
Acceptance  Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with National
Autism Acceptance Month, and  World  Autism  Acceptance  Day,  Saturday,
April 2, 2022; and
  WHEREAS,  Autism  is a spectrum disorder (ASD), defined by a certain
set of behaviors and is  a  "spectrum  condition"  that  affects  people
differently  and  to  varying  degrees;  it  is a lifelong developmental
disability that typically appears during early childhood and can  impact
a    person's   social   skills,   communication,   relationships,   and
self-regulation; and
  WHEREAS, Autism spectrum disorder affects an estimated 1 in 44  U.S.
children and 1 in 45 U.S. adults and is a complex condition that affects
each  person  differently, resulting in unique strengths and challenges;
  WHEREAS, While there is currently no known single cause  of  autism,
early  diagnosis  helps  a  person receive the support and services they
need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity; and
  WHEREAS, Although  autism  impacts  people  regardless  of  race  or
ethnicity, there are racial and ethnic disparities in diagnosis; and
  WHEREAS,  According to the CDC, ADDM reports have consistently noted
more white children are identified  with  ASD  than  black  or  Hispanic
children;  previous  studies  have  shown that stigma, lack of access to
healthcare  services  due  to   non-citizenship   or   low-income,   and
non-English   as   primary   language  are  potential  barriers  to  the
identification of children with ASD, especially among Hispanic children;
  WHEREAS, Currently, boys  are  also  approximately  4.5  times  more
likely  to have an autism diagnosis than girls of the same age; however,
recent research suggests girls may not show autism in the  same  way  as
boys and might go undiagnosed; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the early 1970s, the Autism Society of America began a
nationwide awareness campaign which was adopted by Congress in 1984, and
strengthened by the release of the Autism Awareness ribbon in 1999; and
  WHEREAS, Each April for  the  past  five  decades,  National  Autism
Awareness  Month has educated the public about autism and the challenges
of those within the autism community; and
  WHEREAS,  The  spotlight  shining on autism, as a result, has opened
opportunities for the nation to consider how  to  serve  people  on  the
autism spectrum and their families; and
  WHEREAS,  The  goal  of Autism Awareness Month was to promote autism
awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the
highest quality of life possible, which  has  now  evolved  into  Autism
Acceptance  Month to continue those efforts to spread awareness and also
promote acceptance and ignite change; and
  WHEREAS, Those in the autism community still face significant  unmet
needs  and  it  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this health issue, this year we continue our efforts to build  a  better
awareness  of  the  signs,  symptoms,  and realities of autism, and also
provide information and resources for communities to be  more  aware  of
autism,  promote  acceptance,  and be more inclusive in everyday life at
the local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Kathy  Hochul  to  proclaim April 2022, as Autism
Acceptance Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with  National
Autism Acceptance Month; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of  New
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