Earlier this week I was honored to be a part of World Autism Awareness Day, hosted by Bridges of Indiana. In communities across the state balloons were released in recognition of those individuals with autism and in the hope of finding a cure.
Every year on April 2 World Autism Awareness Day is recognized internationally. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in order to help emphasize the importance of spreading awareness about the disorder. In fact, it was recently released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that autism now affects approximately one in 88 children in the United States. That is a much higher estimate than even a year ago when the CDC estimated one in 110 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism.
My colleagues and I in the General Assembly recognize that Hoosiers affected by autism sometimes need special considerations and we’ve worked to help multiple state entities, including emergency and school personnel to be trained with these considerations in mind.
We have passed legislation requiring all firefighters, law enforcement personnel (including those stationed in schools) and EMS personnel to be trained on autism and how to better interact with individuals with autism. These required education and training sessions help ensure that those Hoosier children and adults receive the best care possible in our education system and when an emergency strikes.
The entire month of April is recognized nationally as Autism Awareness month. If you’d like more information on support for Hoosiers with autism you can find more information through Bridges of Indiana at www.BridgesofIndiana.com.
Thank you for your continued support and I wish you and yours a Happy Easter.
State Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville)