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Tay Township raises flag and proclaims April 2 as Autism Awareness Day

Posted on Tuesday April 02, 2019
Members of Council and community members raise a flag in support of World Autism Awareness Day.

WHEREAS World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized on April 2, 2019 in Canada thanks to Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day; and

WHEREAS Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 135,000 Ontarians and is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community; and

WHEREAS ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual in whom it appears, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well. A child with ASD will become an adult with ASD; and

WHEREAS Autism Ontario is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community, which since 1973 has been providing support, information and opportunities for thousands of families across the province; and

WHEREAS Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community;

Now Therefore, I Mayor Ted Walker do declare

April 2, 2019 as World Autism Awareness Day

in the Corporation of the Township of Tay, and I urge all citizens of our community to become more aware and educated concerning ASD.

Ted Walker