2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
May 7, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Horlacher, Ballweg, E. Brooks,
Heaton, Jarchow, Katsma, Kerkman, Kremer, Murphy, Novak, Petryk,
Quinn, Rohrkaste, Spiros, Spreitzer, Steffen, Subeck, Tittl, VanderMeer
and Vorpagel, cosponsored by Senators Nass and Lassa. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR34,1,1 1Relating to: declaring May 14 to be Apraxia Awareness Day.
AJR34,1,52 Whereas, May 14, 2015, marks the third annual Childhood Apraxia of Speech
3Day, during which awareness will be raised about Childhood Apraxia of Speech
4throughout Wisconsin, a particularly difficult, persistent, and severe speech and
5communication disorder in youngsters; and
AJR34,1,86 Whereas, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) causes children to have extreme
7difficulty learning to speak and is among the most severe of speech and
8communication problems in children; and
AJR34,1,109 Whereas, the act of learning to speak comes effortlessly to most children, those
10with apraxia endure an incredible and lengthy struggle; and
AJR34,1,1311 Whereas, without appropriate intervention, children with apraxia are then
12placed at high risk for secondary impacts in literacy and other school-related skills;
1Whereas, most children with apraxia of speech will learn to communicate with
2their very own voices only if they receive early intervention and appropriate,
3frequent speech therapy; and
AJR34,2,54 Whereas, it is imperative there be greater public awareness about childhood
5apraxia of speech in Wisconsin; and
AJR34,2,96 Whereas, we especially encourage funders such as insurance providers and
7schools to recognize the critical need to provide adequate speech therapy and other
8services so that the impact of this disorder can be minimized and so that affected
9children can grow into productive, contributing adult citizens; and
AJR34,2,1210 Whereas, our highest respect goes to these children, as well as their families,
11for their effort, determination, and resilience in the face of such obstacles; now,
12therefore, be it
AJR34,2,16 13Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That May 14, 2015, and
14each May 14 thereafter is "Apraxia Awareness Day" and citizens of Wisconsin are
15encouraged to work within their communities to increase awareness and
16understanding of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
AJR34,2,1717 (End)