World Autism Awareness Day
April 2, 2021
Autism Awareness Day is recognized annually in Canada on April 2 thanks to Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day; and
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. ASD is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder, affecting 1 in 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community; and
ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual in whom it appears, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well. A child with ASD will become an adult with ASD; and
Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Since 1973, Autism Ontario has been providing support, information and opportunities for thousands of families across the province; and
Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research and advocating for programs and services.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
That His Worship Mayor Rob Keffer and Members of Council proclaim April 2, 2021 as World Autism Awareness Day in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.