South Carolina General Assembly
114th Session, 2001-2002

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Bill 643

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                    Current Status

Bill Number:                      643
Type of Legislation:              Concurrent Resolution CR
Introducing Body:                 Senate
Introduced Date:                  20010426
Primary Sponsor:                  Reese
All Sponsors:                     Reese
Drafted Document Number:          l:\council\bills\nbd\11484ac01.doc
Residing Body:                    Senate
Current Committee:                Medical Affairs Committee 13 SMA
Subject:                          Autism Awareness Day; April 27, 2001; 


Body    Date      Action Description                     Com     Leg Involved
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Senate  20010426  Introduced, referred to Committee      13 SMA

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Whereas, autism is a severely incapacitating, lifelong developmental disability resulting in significant impairment of an individual's ability to learn and develop healthy interactive behaviors and to understand verbal, nonverbal, and reciprocal communication; and

Whereas, autism is the third most common developmental disability, affecting more than 500,000 individuals nationwide, and over nine thousand individuals in this State; and

Whereas, autism is the result of a neurological disorder affecting the functioning of the brain; however, few members of the general public understand this complex syndrome; and

Whereas, although a cure for autism has not been found, persons with autism can be helped to reach their greatest potential. Accurate, early diagnosis, and the resulting appropriate education and intervention are vital to the future growth and development of the individual; and

Whereas, many private as well as public agencies and organizations have dedicated years of service in their ongoing efforts to advocate for the rights, humane treatment, and appropriate education of all persons with autism; and

Whereas, advocates remain committed to their cause and to educating families, professionals, and the general public to better understand this lifelong disability; and

Whereas, autism is a complex disability that requires increased research to one day find a cure and prevention and that requires greater recognition and understanding to ensure that individuals with autism living in South Carolina and all other Americans with autism are accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated throughout their lives. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, declare April 27, 2001 as "Autism Awareness Day".


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