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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SCR 122
          Author:   Beall (D), et al.
          Introduced:3/28/16  
          Vote:     21  

           SUBJECT:   Autism Awareness Month


          SOURCE:    Autism Speaks


          DIGEST:          This resolution designates the month of April 2016 as  
          Autism Awareness Month and encourages residents to show support  
          for autism awareness by lighting their homes, businesses,  
          schools, and places of worship with blue light bulbs.
          ANALYSIS:   This resolution makes the following legislative  
          findings:


          1)Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the  
            social, communication, and behavioral skills of those affected  
            by it.


          2)More children are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum than  
            ever before with diagnoses as high as one in 68 children  
            nationally, and one in 42 boys.


          3)There is no cure for autism, but early treatment makes it  
            often possible for those individuals to lead significantly  
            improved lives.


          4)Individuals with autism often require a lifetime of  








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            specialized and community support services to ensure their  
            health and safety, and to support families' resilience in  
            managing the psychological and financial burdens autism  
            presents.


          5)Autism Speaks and autism services providers throughout the  
            state are organizing the Light It Up Blue campaign and Autism  
            Awareness Day in order to educate parents, professionals, and  
            the general public about autism and its impact, and to shine a  
            light on autism as a growing public health crisis.


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


          Prior Legislation


          SCR 32 (Beall, Resolution Chapter 32, Statutes of 2015)  
          designated the month of April 2015 as Autism Awareness Month and  
          encouraged residents to show support for autism awareness.


          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified4/6/16)


          Autism Speaks (source)
          AFSCME
          Association of Regional Center Agencies
          Center for Autism and Related Disorders


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified4/6/16)








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          Prepared by:  Melissa Ward / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          4/6/16 16:16:31


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