April 2011: Autism Awareness Month

Date:  April 01, 2011  -  April 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called a national public health crisis; and, 

WHEREAS, showing a 57 percent increase between 2002 and 2006 in the United States, more than 14,000 Michigan children of all races and ethnicities are affected by autism; and, 

WHEREAS, autism typically affects child development before age three and the symptoms that characterize autism include impaired social interactions, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted play and interest behaviors; and, 

WHEREAS, though the causes and cure for autism remain unknown, significant progress has been made and is being made in the areas of research, diagnosis, medicine and therapy; and, 

WHEREAS, during this month, we recognize the impact that autism is having on the children and families of our state and the importance of autism education, early screening and intervention; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2011 as Autism Awareness Month in Michigan.