Council proclaims April 2017 as Autism Awareness Month

Andrew Green
Proclamation proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month in Iberville Parish. (President Ourso, Chairman Jewell, Ms. Teresa Wilson, representing Families Helping Families and their 8th Active for Autism Walk/Run and Fun Fest, Vice Chairman Taylor, and Daniel Verret, also representing Families Helping Families.

Parish Council and President Ourso recently proclaimed the month of April 2017 as Autism Awareness Month.

According to the proclamation, autism is a lifelong developmental difference associated with significant alteration in an individual’s ability to learn the same way as others which may include differences in social behavior and communication.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, autism affects 1 in 68 individuals and evidence suggests autism is the result of neurological anomalies affecting the functioning of the brain.

Persons with autism can be helped in reaching their greatest potential with accurate early diagnosis as well as community acceptance.  The proclamation stated that autism is a complex set of differences that requires increased research in order to better understand it.

“We encourage all citizens to participate in the Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge 8th Annual Active for Autism 5K Walk/Run and Fun Fest to help bring awareness to autism,” Council Chairman Matthew Jewell said.

“Families Helping Families is a resource center for the autism spectrum disorder that specifically focuses on children with autism.  We hope to spread the message of inclusion and acceptance and we try to integrate families with trainings and other various supports we provide,” a Families Helping Families representative said to the Council.  “We appreciate everything you all do and we look forward with working more in the community.”

The Active for Autism 5K Walk/Run and Fun Fest will be held Saturday, April 22 2017 from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at State Police headquarters in Baton Rouge.