Yukon observes ‘Autism Awareness Month’ in April

To address diverse needs of those affected by complex disorder

Yukon’s Susan Mitchell and son Joshua accept an Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month proclamation from Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

April has been declared “Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month” in the City of Yukon.

Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby read the proclamation during the March 21st Yukon City Council meeting inside the council chambers of the Centennial Building, 12 S. 5th.

Yukon’s Susan Mitchell and her son Joshua attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

“The City of Yukon is honored to take part in the annual observance of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day to address the diverse needs of individuals and families affected by autism,” Mayor Selby said.


Highlights of the Autism Month proclamation are:

  • Autism affects an estimated one in 44 children. The complex disorder affects each person differently, resulting in unique strengths and challenge.
  • Autism causes challenges with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background.
  • Autism is often accompanied by medical conditions that impact quality of life.
  • A comprehensive, collaborative approach will help to advance research, providing a better understanding of the many forms of autism, while strengthening advocacy efforts and ensuring access to services and resources throughout the life span.
  • Early diagnosis and intervention tailored to individual needs can have lifelong benefits, easing the transition to adulthood and fostering greater independence.
  • Each person and family affected by autism should have access to reliable information, supports and opportunities to live up to their greatest potential.