At the City Council Meeting on April the 12th, the city of Anniston issued a proclamation declaring April as Autism Awareness Month in the city. The text of the proclamation is copied below:
WHEREAS, Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder with current statistics bringing it to one in one hundred ten children being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; and
WHEREAS, Autism affects each individual in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe, knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries and affects young and old alike in the City of Anniston; and
WHEREAS, our understanding of Autism has grown tremendously since it was first diagnosed, there is no know cure for Autism. Accurate, early diagnosis and the resulting appropriate education and intervention are vital to the future growth and development of the individual; and
WHEREAS, hope lies in a broad spectrum of treatments, and in an informed public and community committed to providing support and services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and
WHEREAS, the Autism Society of Alabama remains committed to their mission and to educating families, professionals, and the general public to better understand this lifelong disorder; and
WHEREAS, we join with the Autism Society of Alabama in proclaiming April 2011, as Autism Awareness Month.
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Anniston joins with the Autism Society of Alabama in proclaiming April as "Autism Awareness Month" in the City of Anniston, Alabama.
Dated this 12th day of April, 2011
Signed by Mayor Gene D. Robinson, Council Member John D.R. Spain, Council Member Herbert N. Palmore, Council Member Benjamin L. Little, and Council Member M. David Dawson