Harrisburg- March 27, 2018- Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) introduced a resolution to designate April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month.

“It is incredibly important to recognize all those who are on the autism spectrum, as well as their families and caregivers. We need to work to make sure that autism is not a barrier to a successful and productive life,” Sabatina said.

Sabatina stated that an estimated one in 68 children in the United States are living with an autism spectrum disorder.  The Northeast Philadelphia senator also noted that as these children grow into adults, they will need support from state programs such as the Office of Developmental Programs and the Bureau of Autism Services supported by the Department of Human Services.

There is no known cause or definitive cure for an autism spectrum disorder, early intervention and support services are the best way to help families navigate, cope, and adapt to this diagnosis.

“By recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, we recognize and offer our support to the individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder, as well as their families,” Sabatina said.

Sabatina has a long history of working on issues impacting community health and safety issues. He is a member of the Legislature’s Disability Caucus, and he was the prime sponsor of Paul’s Law, which would prohibit discrimination against those with disabilities from receiving lifesaving organ transplants. Paul’s Law (Senate Bill 108) will likely be voted by the House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

The Senator’s resolution to designate April as Autism Awareness Month was adopted by the Senate with a unanimous vote. In honor of the resolution and Autism Awareness Day, the Lt. Governor’s Balcony will be lit blue on April 2, 2018.