Resolution J968-2013

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

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  • Mar 25, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 25, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months 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 fully in accord with its long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Autism  Awareness
Month  in  the  State  of  New York, in conjunction with National Autism
Awareness Month; and
  WHEREAS, Each April for the past four decades, National Autism  Aware-
ness  Month  has  elevated  awareness  among  the  children, parents and
friends affected by autism spectrum disorders; and
  WHEREAS, One in 88 children  in  the  United  States  is  affected  by
autism,  Asperger's  or  Pervasive  Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise
Specified (PDD-NOS), estimated by the Centers for  Disease  Control  and
Prevention (CDC); and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition to these already staggering statistics, the CDC
reports that one in every 98 African-American children is diagnosed with
autism with a 1.6 year delay in diagnosis  when  compared  to  Caucasian
children; and
  WHEREAS,  Parents  tend to overlook the early signs of autism spectrum
disorders, assuming their child is  "just  going  through  a  phase"  or
"having an off day"; and
  WHEREAS,  It is important that parents differentiate these assumptions
from the symptoms, which can present in many different forms; and
  WHEREAS, Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning  there  can  be  great
variation  in  the way it affects people; each child on the autism spec-
trum possesses unique abilities, symptoms and challenges,  according  to
autism expert Dr. Willis Holloway; and
  WHEREAS,  However,  many  children  on the spectrum often share common
core symptoms which  include:  impaired  social  interactions,  such  as
reluctance  to  join  group activities at school, not being aware of the
needs of others, or inability to  understand  humor;  impaired  communi-
cation,  such  as  delay  in language development, unusual repetition of
words and phrases spoken by others or on television, or major difficulty
sustaining a conversation; and restricted interests,  repetitive  behav-
iors,  and  stereotyped  mannerisms,  such as clapping, finger flicking,
rocking, dipping, and swaying, fascination with parts of  an  object  or
preoccupation with one narrow interest such as dates or numbers; and
  WHEREAS,  While  medications  are available for some common behavioral
symptoms like irritability or anxiety, there are no  FDA-approved  drugs
to treat any of the core symptoms of these conditions; and
  WHEREAS,  Autism is a disease with significant unmet patient needs and
is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during  the
first  three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate
and interact with others; and
  WHEREAS, Autism is defined by a certain set  of  behaviors  and  is  a
"spectrum  disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying
degrees; and
  WHEREAS, There is no known single cause of autism; in March  of  2012,
the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism
prevalence report which concluded that  the  prevalence  of  autism  had
risen  to  one in every 88 births in the United States and almost one in
54 boys; and

  WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater  public  awareness  of
this serious health issue, and more must be done to increase activity at
the local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April  2013  as  Autism
Awareness  Month  in the State of New York, in conjunction with National
Autism Awareness Month; 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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