April 1, 2022

Autism Awareness Month and Proclamation by the City



WHEREAS, Autism is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the
human brain, and can affect anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background;

WHEREAS, symptoms and characteristics of Autism may present themselves in a variety of combinations
and can result in significant lifelong impairment of an individual’s ability to learn, develop healthy
interactive behaviors, and understand verbal, as well as nonverbal communication; and

WHEREAS, the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a reality that affects millions of families every day
and more children are being diagnosed, resulting in rates as high as one in forty-four children nationally
with four times greater prevalence among boys than girls according to the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC); and

WHEREAS, the City of Westmorland recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and
other individuals with Autism, including the disruption of healthy patterns of daily life that support and
advance cognitive development; and

WHEREAS, while our nation has made progress in supporting those with ASD we are only beginning to
understand the factors behind the challenges they face; and the effort to address Autism continues; doctors,
therapists, and educators can help individuals with Autism overcome or adjust to its challenges and provide
early, accurate diagnosis, appropriate education intervention, and therapy that are vital to future growth and
development; and

WHEREAS, in April we recognize those with Autism achieving and breaking down barriers and recommit
to helping those on the Autism Spectrum reach their full potential at all times; and

WHEREAS, the City of Westmorland, California proudly supports 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 Autism Spectrum Disorder, celebrating the work of advocates, professionals and family members,
and all who work to build a brighter tomorrow alongside those with Autism.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, I, Xavier Mendez, Mayor of the City of Westmorland hereby
proclaim April 2022 as Autism Awareness Month and April 2, 2022 as World Autism Awareness Day in
the City of Westmorland to raise public awareness, acceptance and inclusion of those with Autism and the
myriad of issues surrounding the disorder, 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 the seal of the City of Westmorland
to be affixed reaffirmed on this 16th day of March, 2022.

Xavier Mendez, Mayor
Darlene Berber Felton, City Clerk

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