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April 2022: Autism Acceptance Month

WHEREAS, Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, affecting more than five million people; and,


WHEREAS, autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired communication and social skills, repetitive behaviors, and restricted interests that can affect anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background; and,


WHEREAS, the symptoms and severity of autism are highly variable and can result in significant, lifelong challenges for those affected, impacting how they communicate, learn, behave, and interact with others; and,


WHEREAS, as the effort to address autism continues, physicians, therapists, and educators can help support individuals with autism by providing early diagnosis and intervention, appropriate education, and therapy vital to future growth and development; and,


WHEREAS, it is important that people living with autism have access to lifelong care and services needed to pursue personal happiness, independence, and community inclusion to achieve their greatest potential; and,


WHEREAS, much more can be done to assist individuals with autism as they look toward employment opportunities and careers that match their interests and strengths, including efforts from state agencies and partner groups, vocational training programs, individualized support services, and strong advocacy and outreach strategies; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan is honored to take part in the annual observance of Autism Acceptance Month in the hope that it will lead to a better understanding and awareness of this disorder;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2022 as Autism Acceptance Month in Michigan.