May 19, 2018: Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day

WHEREAS, first described in 1965 by British pediatrician Dr. Harry Angelman, Angelman Syndrome (AS) is 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. We also encourage parents to learn more about this genetic disorder in order to improve the chances for early diagnosis and intervention;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2018 as Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day in Michigan.