FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township mayor and council declared April 2017 as National Autism Awareness Month at the council meeting on Monday, where Council President Michael McGlynn noted some of the reasons to do so.
McGlynn stated that autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects social, communication and behavioral skills.
Because health professionals have become more proficient in diagnosing autism, he said, more children are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, resulting in rates as high as one-in-68 children nationally and one-in-41 in New Jersey.
“While there is no cure for autism, it is well-documented that if individuals with autism receive early and intensive treatment throughout their lives, they lead significantly improved lives,” said McGlynn.
It was reported that individuals with autism often require a lifetime of specialized and community support services to ensure their health and safety and to support families’ resilience as they manage the psychological and financial burdens autism can present.
Autism New Jersey is spearheading an awareness effort to educate parents, professionals and the general public about autism and its effects.
Because of these factors, the Fairfield mayor and council dedicated this month to autism awareness in order to create a better community for individuals with autism.