P R O C L A M A T I O N
WHEREAS, autism, the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, affecting more than three million people, is an urgent public health crisis that demands a national response; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of the growing needs of the worldwide autistic community and to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders and the need to provide services to individuals and families who are affected, the United Nations has sanctioned April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day; 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, in light of the growing impact of autism spectrum disorders and the need for greater awareness, Autism Speaks holds their “Light It Up Blue!” campaign on World Autism Awareness Day, designed to increase awareness about autism by asking participating organizations to turn their lights blue; and
WHEREAS, the City of Piqua is honored to take part in the annual observance of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day in the hope that it will lead to a better understanding of the disorder; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH and April 2, 2016 as WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY in Piqua, Ohio to raise public awareness of autism and the myriad of issues surrounding autism, as well as to increase knowledge of the programs that have been and are being developed to support individuals with autism and their families..
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 2nd day of April 2016.
KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR