2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
March 19, 2009 - Introduced by Representatives Hixson, Petersen, Pasch, Sinicki,
Hilgenberg, Newcomer, Molepske Jr., Hraychuck, Nerison, Roth, Toles,
Hintz, Townsend, Ripp, Brooks, Knodl, Pocan, Kaufert, Tauchen, Benedict,
Turner, Zigmunt, Kerkman, Shilling, Vruwink, Nelson, Hebl, Berceau,
Pope-Roberts, Nygren, M. Williams, Vukmir, Cullen, Mursau, A. Ott, Fields,
Grigsby, A. Williams
and Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators Robson, Kapanke,
Taylor, Miller, Sullivan, Risser, Lassa, Cowles, Lehman, Plale, Grothman,
Schultz, Olsen
and Leibham. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR33,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month.
AJR33,1,32 Whereas, autism is the most common condition in a group of developmental
3disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders; and
AJR33,1,64 Whereas, autism is a neurological condition characterized by impaired social
5interactions; problems with verbal and nonverbal communication; and unusual,
6repetitive, or restricted activities and interests; and
AJR33,1,77 Whereas, about 1 in every 150 children are affected by autism; and
AJR33,1,98 Whereas, as many as a half-million Americans under the age of 21 are affected
9by this condition; and
AJR33,1,1110 Whereas, autism can take an emotional, physical, and financial toll on the
11families and children affected; and
AJR33,1,1512 Whereas, until recent years, autism was considered to be a life-long disability
13with poor prognosis. Now, with early and appropriate treatment, research shows
14that early care can dramatically help children with autism—making almost 50
15percent of autistic persons indistinguishable from their peers; and
1Whereas, many autistic children who receive treatment as infants and toddlers
2require no special education or support services when they enter school, and many
3others make significant gains and learn skills that allow them to attend school, make
4friends, and participate in their communities; and
AJR33,2,65 Whereas, recent studies show that the cost of care for an untreated child with
6autism is more than $3 million over the child's lifetime; and
AJR33,2,97 Whereas, early detection and treatment for autistic infants and children
8benefit Wisconsin taxpayers by reducing the costs of support services they might
9otherwise require later in life; and
AJR33,2,1110 Whereas, increased awareness of autism and its effects is important to ensure
11that everyone knows the warning signs and treatment options; now, therefore, be it
AJR33,2,13 12Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
13Wisconsin legislature declare the month of April to be Autism Awareness Month.
AJR33,2,1414 (End)