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�s µon,r� <br /> � ``�' ",; <br /> f�� ��� <br /> �'��� ��� ,3� �ab�t� nf �.exit�gtpri, �C.a��ac�ju�ett� <br /> `,r ,�,�,, : <br /> f� � SELECT BOARD OFFICE <br /> PROCLAMAZ'iON <br /> Whereas: autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ("autism") is a developmental disability that can cause significant <br /> social,communicarion and behavioral challenges;and <br /> Whereas: autism can cause challenges with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and <br /> repetitive behaviors, and can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or <br /> sacioeconomic background;and <br /> Whereas: autism is often accompanied by medical conditions that impact quality of life;and <br /> Whereas: geople with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from <br /> neurotypical people. 1'he learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can <br /> range from gifted to severely challenged with varying needs for suppart;and <br /> Whereas: the prevalence of autism in the United States is 1 in 54 children according to estimates from CDC's <br /> Autism and Develapmental Disabilities Monitoring{ADDM)Network;and <br /> Whereas: children and adults with autism are our family members,friends,neighbors,and co-workers;and <br /> Whereas: each individual with autism is unique,with their own talents and qualities;and <br /> Whereas: individuals with sutism benefit from specialized services and community suppart to ensure their health <br /> and safety and full participatian in community life;and <br /> Whereas: individuals with autisrn,families,professionals,and community members are supported through <br /> connections with athers and the sharing of resaurces;and <br /> Whereas: the resilience of families and individuals with autism is strengthened through support;and <br /> Whereas: we value what is important to people with autism and their families,who are striving to live everyday <br /> lives;and <br /> Whereas: positive outcomes increase for individuals with autism when training is provided to prafessionals across <br /> all systems,including those in justice,healthcaze,and emergency response settings;and <br /> Whereas: the aims far Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month aze to inform our cammunity about both the <br /> potential and needs of people with autism and to stress the importance of early diagnasis and <br /> early intervention,as well as the importance of praviding apprapriate supports that continue <br /> through adulthood;and <br /> Whereas: Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month is an opportunity to acknowledge educators sp�ializing in <br /> effective teaching strategies,and to celebrata the many achievements of adolescents,students,and adults <br /> with autism. <br /> NOW, THEREFDRE, WE, THE SELECT BOARU of the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the <br /> month of April to be recognized annually as <br /> Autism Awareness and Acceptanee Month <br /> in the Tawn of Lexington and pledge our support and encouragernent to all those affected by autism. <br />