(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.