Today, Mayor Jackson presented a proclamation to the organization”Autism Speaks” designating April 2, 2015 as World Autism Awareness Day in Cleveland.
Read the proclamation below:
Whereas, on behalf of the citizens of the City of Cleveland, I am honored to offer this proclamation designating April 2, 2015 as World Autism Awareness Day in Cleveland; and,
Whereas, Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to funding research on autism and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, promotes the awareness of autism worldwide; and,
Whereas, autism affects the behavioral and brain development of millions of people worldwide, and autism spectrum disorders are increasingly common. As more health professionals become proficient in diagnosing autism, more children are being placed on the autism spectrum, resulting in rates as high as 1 in 88 children nationally and 1 in 50 school-aged children; and,
Whereas, in light of the growing impact of autism spectrum disorders and the need for greater awareness, Autism Speaks holds the “Light It Up Blue!’ campaign on World Autism Awareness Day, which is designed to increase awareness about autism by asking participating organizations to turn their lights blue. The City of Cleveland is honored to “Light It Up Blue!” on April 2, 2015.
Now therefore, I, Frank G. Jackson, the 56th Mayor of the City of Cleveland, do hereby offer this Proclamation designating April 2, 2015 as World Autism Day. I encourage all Clevelanders to come together to engage in World Autism Awareness Day. I would also like to commend Autism Speaks for their efforts to support those affected by autism and their families and promote autism awareness in our community.