Saturday, May 21, 2011: Angelman Syndrome Awareness DayDate: May 21, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, first described in 1965 by British pediatrician Dr. Harry Angelman, Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism; and,
WHEREAS, characteristics of AS may include seizures, delay in development, lack of speech and difficulty balancing or walking; individuals with AS will likely require life-long care; and,
WHEREAS, with no cure, early diagnosis and intervention are extremely beneficial when AS is suspected, and diagnosis can now be accomplished within a child's first year; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome in Michigan, encouraging parents to learn more about this genetic disorder and to improve the chances for early diagnosis and intervention;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, May 21, 2011 as Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day in Michigan.