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April 2012 Autism Awareness Month


  1. City of League City
    Office of the Mayor

    Whereas, autism affects all persons regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography; and

    Whereas, the incidence of autism in the United States is 1 in 150 girls and 1 in 94 boys, with rates appearing to have increased similarly around the globe; and

    Whereas, a child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes; and

    Whereas, on December 18, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139 World Autism Awareness Day by unanimous consent, encouraging UN Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to promote early diagnosis and early behavioral intervention; and

    Whereas, the resolution designates World Autism Awareness Day as a United Nations Day to be observed every year starting in 2008 to raise global awareness of autism; and

    Whereas, the aims for World Autism Awareness Day are to inform the general public about the global health crisis of autism, stress the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, and to celebrate the unique talents and qualities of individuals with autism; and

    Whereas, autism is a lifelong condition in which the bulk of cost calls in adulthood, creating an enormous economic impact; and

    Now, therefore, I, Timothy Paulissen, by virtue of the authority vested in me as 9th Mayor of the City of League City do hereby proclaim April 2012 as Autism Awareness Month in the great City of League City.

    In witness whereof, hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of League City, TX, to be affixed on April 2, 2012. Ways Celebrate Light It Up Blue Online:
    • Visit the webpage and download the free Light It Up Blue iPhone application to add your photos to the Light It Up Blue website and to see participating buildings.
    • Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo and tag at least 10 of your friends. Update your Facebook status to read “Light it up blue to shine a light on autism.”
    • Post on your blog about how you are “lighting it up blue” to raise autism awareness. Celebrate your loved one affected by autism by telling a brief story about his/her recent accomplishments or how that person has impacted your life.
    • Tweet facts about autism and use #lightitupblue. For example, “Autism affects 1 in 110 children. #lightitupblue”
    • Add the Light It Up Blue logo to your e-mail signature and type your e-mails in blue font throughout the month of April.