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2    WHEREAS, The month of April is designated nationally and
3internationally as Autism Awareness Month; and
4    WHEREAS, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) affect a growing
5number of Illinois residents and their families; and
6    WHEREAS, According to the Centers for Disease Control, the
7prevalence of ASDs has increased from 1 in 150 just a few years
8ago to 1 in 88 today; and
9    WHEREAS, Based on these figures, more than 30,000 school
10age children in Illinois have an Autism Spectrum Disorder; and
11    WHEREAS, In 2003, to improve our State's response to
12autism, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 93-395,
13creating The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP); and
14    WHEREAS, TAP brings together universities and nonprofit
15organizations from across Illinois to implement a system of
16care for those with an ASD; and
17    WHEREAS, Over the past 10 years, TAP has grown and
18developed into the largest statewide autism resource and
19service network in the nation; and



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1    WHEREAS, TAP currently operates centers or other programs
2in partnership with the University of Illinois -
3Urbana/Champaign, the University of Illinois - Chicago,
4Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University,
5Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Easter Seals Rockford,
6Easter Seals Peoria/Bloomington, RCADD - Chicago, Trinity
7Services, Kreider Services, the Charleston Transitional
8Facility, UCP Heartland, FASTT - Maryville, Little Friends,
9Inc., Have Dreams, and the Hope Institute; and
10    WHEREAS, TAP has provided direct services to more than
117,000 Illinois families and trained more than 61,000 family
12members, educators, health care providers, day care providers,
13and first responders; and
14    WHEREAS, The TAP service model has been validated by
15researchers at Baylor University; many major national
16organizations have sought partnership with TAP; and
17    WHEREAS, Despite TAP's many accomplishments, there remains
18much unmet need, with more work to be done in Illinois;
19therefore, be it
21ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we designate April 2,



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12013 as World Autism Awareness Day in the State of Illinois,
2congratulate the members of TAP and its many partners on the
3occasion of its 10th anniversary, and pledge our continuing
4support to Illinois families impacted by autism.