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WHEREAS, Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder first discovered by an English pediatrician, Dr. Harry Angelman in 1965, and is characterized by intellectual and developmental disabilities, sleep disturbance, seizures, and other mood and personality disorders and behavioral issues; and

WHEREAS, more than 2,000 persons have been identified with Angelman Syndrome in the United States, Canada and other countries in the world, and it is believed that more individuals with Angelman Syndrome remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed; and

WHEREAS, a broader public awareness of Angelman Syndrome has led to a recognition that it is a more prevalent disorder than previously thought and researchers continue to study Angelman Syndrome in order to more fully understand its origin, physical signs and symptoms, and behavioral characteristics; and

WHEREAS, the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, established in 1990, is dedicated to educating and supporting parents and professionals dealing with Angelman Syndrome; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is committed to promoting access to treatment and other resources for persons touched by disorders such as Angelman Syndrome, and encourages all Nevadans to learn more about this and other disorders and the impacts they have on our friends, loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  May 16, 2016, as

 Angelman Syndrome Awareness

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Cadence Matijevich