Cambridge City

Policy Order
POR 2018 #86
Mar 26, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Council declare April 2, 2018, as Autism Awareness
Day in the City of Cambridge and that a motion be made at the City Council Meeting of April 2, 2018 that the City Council recess to attend the Autism Awareness Day "Lighting Up" Ceremony.


Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order


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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is associated with a group of developmental disorders, comprising a wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability that can affect anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background; and




ASD is estimated to be the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM), affecting one in sixty-eight children in the United States; and




There is currently no cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention, as well as ongoing support from family, doctors, therapists, and educators are crucial to successful outcomes of individuals with autism; and




The City of Cambridge will proudly observe Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2018 as we move beyond awareness and into acceptance of Autism; and




The Mayor’s Office, Fletcher-Maynard Academy, King Open School, Cambridgeport School, and Cambridge Street Upper School have coordinated their efforts to recognize Cambridge students and Cambridge residents with Autism on this day; and




To commemorate the occasion, Cambridge will join an international movement to illuminate historic monuments and buildings in blue by lighting up Cambridge City Hall at 7:20 PM on April 2, 2018; now therefore be it





That the City Council go on record declaring April 2, 2018, as Autism Awareness

Day in the City of Cambridge; and be it further




That at the City Council meeting on April 2, 2018, a motion to recess will be made so that the City Council has the opportunity to attend the Autism Awareness Day “Lighting Up” Ceremony; and be it further




That the City Clerk be and is hereby requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to Susan Gurry, Chairperson of the Cambridge Autism Awareness Day Committee; Principal Robin Harris of the Fletcher-Maynard Academy; Principal Darrell Williams of the King Open School; Principal Katie Charner-Laird of the Cambridgeport School; and Principal Manuel Fernandez of the Cambridge Street Upper School, on behalf of the entire City Council.



Meeting History

Mar 26, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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