In honor of Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, Governor Abbott issued a formal proclamation recognizing the importance of autism awareness and acceptance. In it, Governor Abbott recognizes the unique talents and perspectives of Texans with Autism, and the invaluable contributions they make to our state. According to the CDC, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups. Because of this, Governor Abbott stresses the need for early diagnoses and intervention and further research on ASD. He also called for the celebration of the important role Texans with autism have here in Texas.
Jacquie Benestante, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Texas (AST) offered this statement: “The Autism Society of Texas is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month throughout April. Every day, we work to create connections empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully. We believe that acceptance is creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it. We connect families and Autistic adults to support, education, and resources across Texas. Get connected at TexasAutismSociety.org.”
The Autism Society further states, “Everyone’s story is different. The experience of Autism is not one thing. It is many things. It’s dreams, talents, relationships, victories, hurdles, and everything in between. The connection between those experiences is you. You break the mold. No matter who you are, the person you are is infinite – and you are the only you there is.”