Resolution J1185-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2, 2013, as Autism Awareness Day in the State of New York

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 2, 2013, as Autism Awareness Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days that are set aside to increase awareness  of  serious  issues  that
affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim  April  2,  2013,  as  Autism
Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with World Autism
Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS, Autism, the third most common developmental disability in the
United States, affects over 26,000 people in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  This condition, the result of a neurological disorder, knows
no racial, ethnic or social boundaries, and is four times more prevalent
in boys than girls; and
  WHEREAS, Autism, which affects as many as 1 in 166 children and  1  in
94  boys, is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the
world; and
  WHEREAS, More children will be diagnosed with autism  this  year  than
with  diabetes, cancer, and AIDS combined; there is no medical detection
or cure  for  autism,  but  early  diagnosis  and  intervention  improve
outcomes; and
  WHEREAS, Autism interferes with the normal development of the brain in
the  areas  of  reasoning,  social interaction and communication skills,
causing persons with autism to have difficulty relating to others; and
  WHEREAS, Over the years, significant progress has  been  made  in  the
areas  of  research,  medicine,  diagnostic  issues,  and  therapies for
autism, resulting in improved quality of life for those with autism  and
their loved ones; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  in  the  interest of New York State to recognize the
achievements made and to continue these efforts by promoting the  aware-
ness and fostering the understanding of autism; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  to  proclaim  April  2,  2013,  as
Autism Awareness Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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