WHEREAS, Autism is a complex developmental disorder impacting the social, communication and behavioral skills of those touched by it; and
WHEREAS, Autism affects people regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography, and also impacts families and communities; and
WHEREAS, as more healthcare professionals become proficient in diagnosing Autism, more children are being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, resulting in rates as high as 1 in 68 children, nationally; and
WHEREAS, while there is no cure for Autism, it is well documented that if individuals with Autism receive early and intensive treatment, they lead significantly improved lives; and
WHEREAS, the State of Nevada continues to take critical steps to provide resources, assistance and support for children and families affected by Autism through public initiatives, and with the dedicated and unwavering efforts of community and educational organizations and institutions; and
WHEREAS, individuals with Autism often require a lifetime of specialized and community support services to ensure their health and safety and to support families’ resilience as they manage the psychological and financial burden Autism can present; and
WHEREAS, Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate our communities about Autism and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention;
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 6th day of March, 2018.