President Trump issued a proclamation declaring April 2, 2018, “World Autism Awareness Day” to recognize the accomplishments of those with autism in the U.S. and around the globe.
“On this day, we honor their accomplishments and recommit to ensuring that they enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential that all Americans deserve,” Trump said in a statement.
The president said the U.S. should strive to accurately identify and diagnose autism in children and adults so they can obtain the support services they need to live their lives to their full potential.
“On World Autism Awareness Day, let us renew our commitment to support the entire international [autism spectrum disorder] community, including children and adults with ASD, their families, and caregivers,” Trump added.
“Together, we can increase access to information, encourage heightened understanding of ASD, promote respect and dignity, and support the services that assist people with ASD to reach their full potential.”
The president also issued a proclamation for “World Autism Awareness Day” on April 2, 2017, and lit up the White House in blue in honor of autism awareness.
In 2017, Trump promised his friend Bob Wright that he “would illuminate the White House in blue if he won the election.”
Bob Wright and his wife Suzanne, who passed away in 2016, founded the Autism Speaks advocacy group in 2005. The group has a blue logo in the shape of a puzzle piece and highlights a “Light It Up Blue” campaign every year to mark Autism Awareness Month.