President Trump issued a proclamation declaring April 2, 2018, “World Autism Awareness Day” to recognize the accomplishments of those with autism in the U.S. and around the globe. As per a proclamation published on the White House official site on Monday, the World Autism Day shall be observed to “honour their (Autistics) accomplishments and recommit to ensuring that they enjoy the same opportunities to fulfil their potential that all Americans deserve”.
“On this day, we honor their accomplishments and recommit to ensuring that they enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential that all Americans deserve,” Trump said in a statement.
“On World Autism Awareness Day, let us renew our commitment to support the entire international [autism spectrum disorder] community, including children and adults with ASD, their families, and caregivers,” Trump added.
“Together, we can increase access to information, encourage heightened understanding of ASD, promote respect and dignity, and support the services that assist people with ASD to reach their full potential.”
As per the White House, millions of adults and an estimated one out of every 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of ASD.
Due to this the US Department of Health and Human Services, in accordance with the Autism CARES Act of 2014 and in coordination with other executive departments and agencies, has released a report that details services available for young people with ASD as they leave secondary education to help them transition to adulthood
The president also issued a proclamation for “World Autism Awareness Day” on April 2, 2017, and lit up the White House in blue in honor of autism awareness.
Before becoming president, Trump used to tweet frequently about his belief that autism was linked to vaccines, a theory that has been widely debunked by health experts.