NEWTOWN, Conn. -- State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) joined his legislative colleagues for a ceremony at the State Capitol recognizing Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 6.
“It was wonderful to see so many advocates, families, and legislators gathered in support of those with autism,” said Bolinsky, who represents Newtown. “Keeping this much needed conversation going about services and support is critical to continuing to make progress on behalf of those affected by autism, as well as their families and caregivers.”
Bolinsky has sponsored several pieces of legislation in support of individuals with special needs during his tenure in the legislature, including last session’s HB 6737 that established a bill of rights for parents of children receiving special education services.
Autism spectrum disorders encompass complex neurobiological disorders that affect one’s ability to communicate and relate to others. Along with autism, diagnoses of Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder are recognized as being in the spectrum.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD.
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