President Matassa Proclaims Autism Awareness Month

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Left to Right - Mrs. Susie Trabeau, holding “Milo” the Service Dog, President Matassa, Families Helping Families client and Milo’s owner Gage Duplessis, and Executive Director of Families Helping Families Ms. Jamie Tindle.

At the April 19 Ascension Parish Council meeting, President Kenny Matassa proclaimed April 2018 to be Autism Awareness Month.

According to the proclamation, autism is a complex set of differences that requires increased research to one day better understand it. Autism is a lifelong developmental difference, associated with significant alteration of an individual’s ability to learn in the same way as others, which may include differences in social behaviors and communication. Also known as autism spectrum disorders, autism affects people regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography.

The incidence of autism in the United States is approximately 1 in 68 according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Evidence suggests autism is the result of neurological anomalies affecting the functioning of the brain and few members of the general public understand this complex syndrome. Persons with autism can be helped to reach their greatest potential, and accurate, early diagnosis and the resulting appropriate education and interventions, as well as community acceptance and accommodations, are vital to the future growth and development of the individual. The greater recognition and understanding of autism can ensure that individuals with autism are accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated throughout their lives.

Jamie Tindle, Executive Director of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, invited everyone to participate in the 9th Annual Active for Autism 5K Run, Walk and Fun Fest on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government