2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 29, 2017 - Introduced by Representative Murphy, cosponsored by Senator
Roth. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR26,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming April 2017 as Autism Awareness Month in Wisconsin.
AJR26,1,52 Whereas, autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of
3neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by impaired social interactions,
4restricted and repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication
5problems, as well as by unique strengths and differences; and
AJR26,1,86 Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in
768, or 1.5 percent, of school-aged children have ASD. This includes 1 in 42 boys and
81 in 189 girls; and
AJR26,1,99 Whereas, it is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans have ASD; and
AJR26,1,1110 Whereas, ASD can take an emotional, physical, and financial toll on the
11families and children affected; and
AJR26,1,1312 Whereas, research shows that early diagnosis of ASD and early intervention
13can reduce symptoms and lead to significantly improved outcomes; and
1Whereas, many children with ASD who receive early and ongoing treatment
2learn communication skills that allow them to attend school, make friends, and
3participate in their communities; and
AJR26,2,64 Whereas, early detection and treatment for autistic infants and children also
5benefits Wisconsin taxpayers by reducing the costs of support services they might
6otherwise require later in life; and
AJR26,2,97 Whereas, the most obvious signs of ASD typically appear between two and
8three years of age, but less than half of children with ASD receive developmental
9evaluations by age three; and
AJR26,2,1210 Whereas, increased awareness of ASD and its effects is vital to ensure that
11everyone knows the warning signs and the importance of early detection and
12treatment; and
AJR26,2,1413 Whereas, the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol
14of the ASD community in the world; and
AJR26,2,1615 Whereas, April is nationally recognized as Autism Awareness Month and April
162 is recognized as World Autism Awareness Day; now, therefore, be it
AJR26,2,18 17Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the legislature
18hereby proclaims April 2017 as Autism Awareness Month in Wisconsin.
AJR26,2,1919 (End)