Commissioner Sosa supports principles of inclusion
On July 6, 2016, County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, declaring Miami-Dade County's commitment to the principles of inclusion for individuals with disabilities, including autism and other special needs.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum, a statistic that represents a tenfold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. Additionally, the 2010 U.S. Census found that approximately 1 in 5 individuals has a disability that can be either physical, intellectual or mental. With such high incidences of disability reported in the general population, Commissioner Sosa's measure serves to further bolster Miami-Dade County's longstanding support of disability related causes.
The initiative brings renewed focus on the importance of inclusionary practices and accommodations for children and adults with disabilities by accepting the core principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (link below).
"Throughout my life, and especially in my career as an educator, I have been blessed to know and love so many children and adults with disabilities, and know firsthand the hardships that they and their families face every day," said Commissioner Sosa. "It is my hope that we can work together to make sure that no one is ever left out of our community because of a disability."
Link to the core principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml
Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2016/161226.pdf