World Autism Month
Published on March 31, 2023
Mayor Reichelt has Proclaimed April as World Autism Month, West Springfield is always working towards creating a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism spectrum disorder. See the verbiage for the proclamation below.
WHEREAS, Autism spectrum disorder affects an estimated 1 in 44 U.S. children and 1 in 45 U.S. adults and is a complex condition that affects each person differently, resulting in unique strengths and challenges; and,
WHEREAS, Autism can cause challenges with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors, and can affect anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background; and,
WHEREAS, Autism is often accompanied by medical conditions that impact quality of life; and
WHEREAS, A comprehensive, collaborative approach will help to advance research, providing a better understanding of the many forms of autism, strengthen advocacy efforts and ensure access to services and resources throughout the life span and across the spectrum; and
WHEREAS, Early diagnosis and intervention tailored to individual needs can have lifelong benefits, easing the transition to adulthood and fostering greater independence; and,
WHEREAS, Each person and family affected by autism should have access to reliable information and supports; and
WHEREAS, Autistic people should have opportunities to reach their full potential and the whole of society stands to benefit from this; and,
WHEREAS West Springfield, Massachusetts is honored to take part in the annual observance of World Autism Month and World Autism Awareness Day to address the diverse needs of individuals with autism and their families;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, William C. Reichelt, do hereby proclaim
April 2023 as WORLD AUTISM MONTH and
April 2, 2023 as WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
in West Springfield, Massachusetts to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism spectrum disorder.