Commissioner Diaz kicks off Autism Awareness Month

At left, Commissioner Diaz speaks at the Autism Awareness Month kickoff event. At right, students from the Dan Marino Campus color in an artwork on display at the Stephen P. Clark Center.
(Photos by Ryan Holloway / Miami-Dade County)

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz 10 kicked off Autism Awareness Month on April 10 with an event in the Stephen P. Clark Center highlighting the accomplishments of autistic children.

This year’s theme was “Ingredients for Success.” County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Commissioners and students from The Dan Marino Foundation’s Miami School – Marino Campus took turns coloring a participatory mural by artist Gabriel “GG” Gimenez that will remain on display in the lobby through the month of April.

“People need to be educated about this disorder, and this display is put together every year to do just that,” Commissioner Diaz said. “We need to work together and continue creating awareness.”

Commissioner Diaz sponsored the 2009 County Commission resolution declaring April as Autism Awareness Month in Miami-Dade County and has been hosting the annual kickoff event every year. The specially designated month is designed to increase awareness about autism and treatment, as well as to encourage early testing for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impairs communication skills and social abilities. There is no known cause or cure for autism, which is estimated to affect 1 out of every 68 children born in the United States

This event was a partnership with The Dan Marino Foundation’s Miami School, Marino campus, Autism Speaks and South Florida Autism Charter School.

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