Tuesday, April 23, 2013

City Council declares April "Autism Awareness Month"

This evening the City Council declared April "Autism Awareness Month" in the City of Hackensack.

Sara Malvasia, a Hackensack Police Officer, was present to accept the proclamation and extend her gratitude to the City.  Malvasia noted her appreciation; her seven-year old child is autistic, and she is an advocate for raising awareness.

Mayor Melfi noted that he hopes this can be done again next year and he knows of programs such as "Light It Up Blue." On April 2nd, a number of prominent buildings, universities and landmarks utilize blue lights in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day and to "kick-off" Autism Awareness month.

Autism is a neural development disorder which has an effect on social interaction and communication.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 20 in 1,000 children in the United States were diagnosed in 2012 (up from 11 in 2008).

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