Senate Concurrent ResolutionNo. 122

Introduced by Senator Beall

(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Anderson, Bates, Block, Fuller, Glazer, Hall, Hernandez, Hill, Jackson, Lara, Leyva, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Monning, Nguyen, Pan, Pavley, and Wolk)

March 28, 2016

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 122—Relative to Autism Awareness Month.


SCR 122, as introduced, Beall. Autism Awareness Month.

This measure would designate the month of April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month and would encourage residents to show support for autism awareness by lighting their homes, businesses, schools, and places of worship with blue light bulbs.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder
2affecting the social, communication, and behavioral skills of those
3affected by it; and

4WHEREAS, More children are being diagnosed on the autism
5spectrum than ever before with diagnoses as high as one in 68
6children nationally, and one in 42 boys; and

7WHEREAS, There is no cure for autism, but it is
8well-documented that if individuals with autism receive treatment
9early in their lives, it is often possible for those individuals to lead
10significantly improved lives; and

11WHEREAS, Individuals with autism often require a lifetime of
12specialized and community support services to ensure their health
P2    1and safety, and to support families’ resilience as they manage the
2psychological and financial burdens autism presents; and

3WHEREAS, Autism Speaks and autism services providers
4throughout the state are organizing the Light It Up Blue campaign
5and Autism Awareness Day in order to educate parents,
6professionals, and the general public about autism and its impact;

8WHEREAS, In support of the Light It Up Blue campaign, nearly
93,000 iconic structures and landmarks, including the Empire State
10Building in New York City and the Sydney Opera House in
11Australia, in more than 600 United States cities and 70 countries
12will shine a light on autism as a growing public health crisis by
13being illuminated with blue light; now, therefore, be it

14Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
15thereof concurring,
That the Legislature designates the month of
16April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month and encourages residents
17to show support for autism awareness by lighting their homes,
18businesses, schools, and places of worship with blue light bulbs
19during the month of April; and be it further

20Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
21this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.