HOUSE MEMORIAL 7
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2024
Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson and D. Wonda Johnson and Kathleen Cates and Tara Jaramillo and Tara L. Lujan
DECLARING JANUARY 17, 2024 "AUTISM DAY" IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
WHEREAS, autism spectrum disorder is a neurological disorder that affects the development of communication and social interaction skills; and
WHEREAS, in 2020, the federal centers for disease control and prevention reported that one in every thirty-six 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 for 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 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 and to improve the quality of life for those affected by autism are to be commended;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that January 17, 2024 be declared "Autism Day" in the house of representatives; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to elevate the spectrum, incorporated, a New Mexico-based grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals on the autism spectrum and their families through inclusion, advocacy and friendship.
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