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|Knabe Declares April as "Autism Awareness Month"|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 05 April 2012 02:32|
LOS ANGELES – In a motion by Supervisor Don Knabe, the Board of Supervisors have recognized April as "Autism Awareness Month" to encourage families, schools, universities and community agencies to support programs and raise awareness of the epidemic.
Supervisor Knabe recognizes the Long Beach Education Foundation, Verizon, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach for their collaboration to increase autism awareness in the Greater Long Beach Community through their Seamless Education program.
The number of children diagnosed with autism has exploded over the past 17 years, from 1 in 10,000 in 1993, to 1 in 110 children in 2010, according the US Centers for Disease Control. "This huge increase in autism impacts not on the child, but the family as well," said Supervisor Knabe. "We need to increase our support for local families and work together as a community to create programs and services that help diagnosed children reach their full potential and live full and happy lives."