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File #: Res 0014-2018    Version: * Name: Requiring the collection of data relating to the number of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses in NYC and NYS.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon New York State legislature to pass a bill requiring the collection of data relating to the number of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses in New York City and New York State.
Sponsors: Joseph C. Borelli, Justin L. Brannan, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Attachments: 1. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Res. No. 14

 

Resolution calling upon New York State legislature to pass a bill requiring the collection of data relating to the number of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses in New York City and New York State.

 

By Council Members Borelli, Brannan and Ulrich

 

                     Whereas, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges; and

Whereas, According to Autism Speaks, people with ASD may have sleep disorders, language impairment, seizures, anxiety disorders, and hyperactivity; and

Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ASD now affects 1 in 68 U.S. children, with an estimated 3 million people on the autism spectrum nationwide; and

Whereas, Autism Society and the CDC found that the prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 to 2010, becoming the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in the world; and

Whereas, A 2014 study from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) found that early diagnosis and intervention of ASD is key to helping a child with Autism to develop a higher level of social, behavioral and learning skills, such as improved adaptive functioning, developmental growth, and increased intellectual functioning; and

Whereas, According to the 2014 study by Georgia Tech, early diagnoses and intervention can lead to savings of about $1.2 million over a lifetime if initial treatment is started in children ages 2 to 3 years old; and

Whereas, In 2015, researchers estimated the annual national cost for caring for Americans with Autism to be $268 billion, with the potential to rise to $461 billion by 2025 if there is a lack of more effective intervention and lifelong support; and

                     Whereas, The CDC indicates that it costs an estimated $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without this disorder; and

                     Whereas, Autism Speaks has reported medical expenditures, on average, for children and adolescents with ASD were estimated to be about 4 to 6 times greater than those without Autism; and

Whereas, In 2017, 17,015 students in New York City public school were classified as having autism as a disability, up from 13,685 in 2014-2015; and

                     Whereas, The collection of data pertaining to the number of diagnoses of ASD could facilitate necessary funding and resources for health officials and organizations to better serve those with ASD and their families; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York will call on New York State Legislature to pass a bill requiring the collection of data relating to the number of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses in New York City and New York State

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1/16/2018

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