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Resolution to recognize National Autism Awareness Month

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The Orange County Board of Education -

Resolution to recognize National Autism Awareness Month 

 

Whereas, The Orange County School System is a center for diverse learning where all students are educated to their fullest potential and as a center of our community around which we come together in support of the education of all students; and 

Whereas, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder typically diagnosed during the first three years of life, impacting the ability of individuals to communicate and interact with others; and 

Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Statistics Report concluded the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder occurs for 1 in every 59 children in the United States; and 

Whereas, is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, but is more than 4 times more common among boys than among girls; and

Whereas, early diagnosis and intervention programs lead to significantly improved outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and 

Whereas, the Orange County School District employs qualified and caring individuals who educate and work daily to improve the lives of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder; and 

Whereas, April 2021, is designated as National Autism Awareness Month to increase public awareness of the need to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the family members, educators, and other professionals who teach and care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Therefore, be it resolved that the Orange County Board of Education hereby: 

  • That it celebrates National Autism Awareness Month from April 1-30, 2021;
  • That it recognizes and commends the family members of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for their dedication in providing for the special needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • That it emphasizes the need to begin early intervention services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in an effort to improve potential outcomes for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • That it honors the teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educators who possess the desire, caring, and skills necessary to teach, assist and respond to students with special needs, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who work tirelessly to educate and provide high-quality services for all students with special needs enrolled in the Orange County School District.

Adopted this the 12th day of April 2021. 

 

Hillary Mackenzie, Chair                                                              Dr. Monique Felder, Superintendent

Orange County Board of Education                                             Orange County Schools