SENATE MEMORIAL 11
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
Linda M. Lopez and Siah Correa Hemphill
DECLARING JANUARY 26, 2023 "AUTISM DAY" IN THE SENATE.
WHEREAS, autism spectrum disorder is a neurological disorder that interferes with the development of communication and social interaction skills; and
WHEREAS, in 2018, the federal centers for disease control and prevention reported that one in every forty-four children is diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder; and
WHEREAS, autism affects people of all races and religions and all educational and economic levels; and
WHEREAS, autism is a lifelong condition that presents challenges to education, employment, housing and community development; and
WHEREAS, parents, professionals, self-advocates and volunteers devote countless hours to improving the quality of life of those affected by autism; and
WHEREAS, early intervention, evidence-based practices and proven support systems greatly improve the outcomes and reduce the lifelong costs of care of individuals with autism and their families; and
WHEREAS, New Mexico celebrates and recognizes the valuable contributions to its communities, businesses, technologies and cultures made by people with autism; and
WHEREAS, the many professionals, families, advocates and volunteers working to promote a greater understanding of autism to improve the quality of life of those affected by autism are to be commended;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that January 26, 2023 be declared "Autism Day" in the senate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to the New Mexico affiliate of the autism society of America.
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