On World Autism Consciousness Day, we have fun the numerous ways in which folks with autism contribute to our households, our communities, our Nation, and the world, and we shine a light-weight on the systemic obstacles folks with autism face of their every day lives.
Greater than 2 p.c of American adults and 1 in each 54 of our kids have autism — a group of thousands and thousands who need to reside full lives of dignity and respect. My Administration is dedicated to funding cutting-edge analysis to assist us to higher perceive autism and associated well being situations in an effort to enhance high quality of life for folks with autism and their households in each group.
Current Authorities initiatives have targeted on detecting autism within the first yr of life, funding new nationwide analysis networks to enhance our data of autism, and advancing providers and help to assist Individuals with autism reside independently of their communities. A current apprenticeship initiative from the Division of Labor seeks to open up profession pathways for folks with autism and different developmental disabilities in thriving fields like data know-how and well being care. Investments like these and others that we proceed to pursue are vital to increasing potentialities and bettering life for all folks with autism.
In the meantime, companies throughout the Federal Authorities are working to guard the rights of all folks with disabilities — together with folks with autism — whereas additionally advancing fairness in the case of accessing very important providers and helps. Our analysis companies are working to cut back obstacles in entry to early diagnoses, interventions, and providers for folks with autism — together with these from various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and rural communities — and to include the views of people with autism in scientific analysis. For too lengthy, disparities in entry to well being care, training, and providers have positioned an undue burden on people with disabilities and their family members, notably these from underserved communities. My Administration is dedicated to addressing these inequities in partnership with the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the Nationwide Autism Coordinator of the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
We additionally acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has induced distinctive disruptions to, and positioned new strains on, the lives of people with autism and their households. All Individuals ought to be pleased about the creativity and dedication of educators, well being care suppliers, and others who’ve quickly tailored to the restrictions of the pandemic by providing digital studying, telehealth appointments, and different distant providers. My Administration is working tirelessly to get America vaccinated, get our kids safely again in class, and ship direct financial reduction to households throughout the nation in an effort to finish this yr of disruption and alleviate as a lot of the burden as doable. As well as, companies together with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, and the Division of Training are onerous at work growing data-driven steering to assist folks with disabilities and their households mitigate the far-reaching results of the pandemic.
As we speak, we honor these with autism and recommit ourselves to offering them and their households with the funding, help, and care they should reside independently, totally take part of their communities, and reside fulfilling lives of dignity and alternative.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the USA of America, by advantage of the authority vested in me by the Structure and the legal guidelines of the USA, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2021, as World Autism Consciousness Day. I name upon all Individuals to study extra about autism to enhance early prognosis, to study extra in regards to the experiences of autistic folks from autistic folks, and to construct extra welcoming and inclusive communities to help folks with autism.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I’ve hereunto set my hand this primary day of April, within the yr of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 2 hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.