For Immediate Release:
March 29, 2011

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz kicks off Autism Awareness Month with special ceremony


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is inviting the public to celebrate Autism Awareness Month at the unveiling of a special artistic display on Monday, April 4, 2011 in the Stephen P. Clark Center’s main lobby. The opening, scheduled at 3:30 p.m., will feature a puzzle piece display representing coming together to research autism, another visual display donated by Walmart, and an informational video called “Autism Everyday" about how parents can understand autism and detect it. The displays can be viewed throughout the month of April. In addition, after the unveiling, the UM/NSU CARD Mobile Family Autism Clinic, provided by UM/NSU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, will have professional staff answering questions about autism and giving tours of the mobile unit. 

Autism Awareness Month came to fruition in 2009 as the result of legislation sponsored by Commissioner Diaz. The specially-designated month is designed to increase awareness about autism and treatment, as well as promote research to fight the disorder. According to Autism Speaks, 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 110 children born in the United States.

This year, Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD will serve as a guest speaker at the unveiling. Dr. Brosco is a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Associate Director for the Mailman Center for Child Development. Dr. Brosco’s practices both general and developmental pediatrics, and conducts research on social history and public policy trends in health care for persons with developmental disabilities, including autism. His previous research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children.  In 2010, he received the Outstanding Clinician Award by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, UM-NSU CARD.

The Autism Awareness Display was made possible with assistance from Miami-Dade County, Autism Speaks, Dan Marino Foundation, Walmart (located at 8651 Northwest 13 Terrace in Doral), and Main Street Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.

Who: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz
Members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD
UM/NSU CARD Mobile Family Autism Clinic

What:Unveiling of the Autism Awareness Display

When: April 04, 2011, 3:30 p.m.

Where:Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Downtown Miami
1st Floor Main Lobby


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Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 320 Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-4343


It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-559-1200 at least five days in advance.