Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), a member of the Senate’s Health Committee, recently cosponsored a resolution proclaiming April as "Autism Awareness Month" in New York State. The Senate passed the measure unanimously during a recent legislative session.
"Autism is the most common of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, affecting approximately one in every 250 births, and although we have made great strides in fighting this disorder, there is still a great deal of work left to do," said Senator Fuschillo. "By raising awareness of what Autism is and how it affects people, we can get one step closer to finding a cure."
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Patients typically have difficulties interacting with others, communicating both verbally and non-verbally, and engaging in leisure or play activities.
Senator Fuschillo has been a staunch supporter of the fight against Autism. Previously, he authored the law creating a distinctive license plate to promote Autism awareness, sponsored legislation to create the infantile autism biomedical research act, and has procured thousands of dollars in state grant funding to help fund autism research.
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