HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.2009-4627, by Representatives Williams, Moeller, Appleton, Morris, Driscoll, Upthegrove, Simpson, Sullivan, Kenney, Hunter, Rolfes, Nelson, Green, Hope, Campbell, Maxwell, Sells, Hunt, Conway, and Cox

     WHEREAS, Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and continues through the individual's lifespan; and
     WHEREAS, Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, affecting 1 million to 1.5 million Americans and 1 in 150 babies born; and
     WHEREAS, Many children are not diagnosed until after 3 years of age, often because of lack of recognition of autism characteristics by general practitioners; and
     WHEREAS, Parents frequently discover that even after diagnosis many services have long waiting lists and that their family resources are insufficient to adequately provide payment for services that their children need; and
     WHEREAS, There are many different characteristics in individuals with autism: Delayed or deficient communication; decreased or unresponsive social interaction; unusual reaction to normal stimuli; a lack of spontaneous or imaginative play; and behavioral challenges; and
     WHEREAS, There is no known cause and no known cure; however, with aggressive and continuous therapy, some individuals can learn to acclimate to their environment and mask symptoms of their disability; and
     WHEREAS, All individuals with autism should be included and regarded as valuable members of our community; and
     WHEREAS, Autism can create significant stress on the families of those affected by autism; and
     WHEREAS, Families, caregivers, advocates, and organizations are striving to bring about positive changes for children and adults with autism; and
     WHEREAS, Through research, training, public services, support groups, advocacy, and increased awareness, we will be more understanding, inclusive, and better-equipped to support the growing number of individuals with autism and their families;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honor and support individuals with autism and acknowledge the tremendous courage that they and their families put forth every day; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to the Autism Society of Washington.

I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of
Resolution 4627 adopted by the House of Representatives
April 1, 2009

Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk