Council Member Louis Commemorates April as National Autism Awareness Month

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Council Member Farah Louis (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addictions

NEW YORK—Council Member Farah Louis (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addictions,issued the following statement in recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month.
STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER LOUIS
“While we have made progress in rooting out racial, gender, and religious discrimination, there still exists an equally unfair and unjust form of prejudice within our society; the way we view and treat those with developmental disorders. Those on the autism spectrum face significant barriers in fair and equitable access to education, employment, and social services while being socially isolated and demonized by their peers. It is time for our society to grow and recognize that those on the spectrum are also human beings who face unique challenges. No two individuals’ symptoms and experiences are the same, and with such a broad spectrum, we must recognize that the level of love, care, and support that individuals with autism deserve is no less than those without. We must stop discriminating against those with autism disorder, celebrate their victories, and treat them with fairness and equity.”

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