Florida Senate - 2018                                     SR 366
       By Senator Campbell
       38-00534-18                                            2018366__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution designating April 1-7, 2018, as “Autism
    3         Soccer Awareness Week” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong
    6  developmental disability resulting in impairment of an
    7  individual’s ability to learn, develop healthy interactive
    8  behaviors, and understand verbal, nonverbal, and reciprocal
    9  communication, and
   10         WHEREAS, autism, the result of a neurological disorder
   11  affecting brain function, affects one in every 68 children and
   12  millions nationwide, but few understand this complex disorder,
   13  and
   14         WHEREAS, children with autism have a variety of symptoms
   15  and disabilities, and
   16         WHEREAS, children with autism have been discriminated
   17  against in the participation of sports and extracurricular
   18  activities because of these symptoms and disabilities, and
   19         WHEREAS, children with autism have a right to reap the
   20  physical and mental benefits of sports and extracurricular
   21  activities, and
   22         WHEREAS, children with autism must be given the chance to
   23  participate in sports and extracurricular activities as we
   24  continue to research this complex neurological disorder to find
   25  treatment options to help those affected and as we strive to
   26  provide families with education, awareness, and acceptance, NOW,
   29  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   31         That April 1-7, 2018, is designated as “Autism Soccer
   32  Awareness Week” in Florida and that all residents are encouraged
   33  to engage children with autism in sports and extracurricular
   34  activities.