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Prince George’s County Council Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

On April 19, 2011, Council Chair Ingrid M. Turner, Esq. presented a proclamation in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Here are the opening remarks by Stacy Wiseman, Pink DREAMS TEAM Leader, to commemorate Prince George’s County Council’s recognition of Autism Awareness Month.  

Stacy Wiseman


“RAISE your hand if you know someone affected by Autism or have a family member on the spectrum.

Keep your hand up if you know what Autism is?

What is Autism?
Autism is a term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).  Some of you may have heard the terms Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Many parents and professionals refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders or (ASD).

How common is Autism?
Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Statistics suggest the rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. Studies suggest boys are more likely than girls to develop autism and receive the diagnosis 3 to 4 times more frequently. In the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.

What causes Autism?
The simple answer is we don’t know…I want to thank  the Prince George’s County Council for recognizing  Autism Awareness Month today and say that there are many families, friends, neighbors and strangers who are affected by Autism each day.  While no child or adult with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is alike, we all have a civic duty as a community to be AWARE of this disorder and take ACTION by visiting www.autismspeaks.org  to donate toward current research in finding a cure, participate in a Walk or Run and find out more. Thank you!”

Prince George's County County Council Member Karen Toles, Council Chair Ingrid M. Turner, Stacy Wiseman and son, Council Member Leslie E. Johnson, Dr. Kara Libby and son

  1. April 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Stacy,

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am the mother of a beautiful 9 year old son who is challenged with Autism. Through the blessings of God and the research presented by Autism Speaks … we are witnessing a miracle unfolding. Last November Autism Speaks published a study connecting Autism with a mitochondrial dysfunction. At the same time, I had available to me a nutritional supplement that was new to the market, but was specific to supporting and rejuvenating our mitochondria. After making certain this supplement would be safe for my son we introduced it to his diet. I am proud to say that Colt has been taking the supplement for 146 days now and after only day 2 we witnessed his world opening up. His progress has been phenomenal! And because of my son’s progress, I am also pleased to tell you that another child challenged with Autism is benefiting as well. This child is 5 and has been non-verbal. After 2 days on the supplement her parents heard her singing …
    I know in my heart we will find ALL the missing pieces to this puzzle.

    I have been keeping a journal of Colt’s journey. If you would like to read it you can contact me at: stephsstuff@hotmail.com

    God Bless.

    Stephanie

  2. April 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I am so EXCITED for you and the breakthroughs you are having with your son! I am hopeful that with current and future research, more breakthroughs will occur for more families around the globe!

    All the best to you and your family,
    Stacy

  3. gwen
    April 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    What a phenomenon woman you are! I always knew you were specular but now you have an added dimension! Keep up the good works.

    Love,
    Your line sis

  4. Valerie Evans
    May 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Stacy……Congrats and keep up the good work!!!

    Valerie Evans

  5. Stacy Wiseman
    May 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thank you ladies! XOXO

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