PROCLAMATION: Autism Awareness Day

We, the Council of The Township of St. Joseph do herby proclaim
April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day

WHERE AS: World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized on April 2, 2016, in
Canada thanks to Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act
Respecting World Autism Awareness Day; and

WHERE AS: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is now recognized as the most common
neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 94 children, as well as their
friends, family and community; and

WHERE AS: 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

WHERE AS: Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source
of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective
voices representing the autism community. Since 1973, Autism Ontario
has been providing support, information and opportunities for thousands
of families across the province; and

WHERE AS: Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing the 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; and

THEREFORE: The Council of The Township of St. Joseph does hereby declare April 2,
as World Autism Awareness Day.

Dated at Richards Landing, Ontario this 3rd day of February, 2016.