The Schenectady County Legislature passed a resolution tonight to proclaim April 2021 as Autism Action Month.
Since 2000, the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 150 children to 1 in 54 children in 2020, highlighting the urgent need for action.1
“All people, no matter their ability, deserve to participate in their own community and live fulfilling lives,” said Schenectady County Legislator Sara Mae Pratt, sponsor of the resolution. “While autism awareness and acceptance play an important role, action is also needed – advancing policies that recognize and appreciate the diversity within the autism spectrum and provide services and supports for early intervention, education, and transition to adulthood, employment and beyond.”
April has widely been known as “Autism Awareness Month” in the United States in an effort to educate the public, foster understanding and inclusivity, and shine a light on the systemic barriers people with autism face in their daily lives.