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          Date of Hearing:   April 25, 2016

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                    Gordon, Chair

                       122 (Beall) - As Introduced March 28, 2016

          SENATE VOTE:  38-0

          SUBJECT:  Autism Awareness Month

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


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          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.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          Autism Speaks
          Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800