During the month of April each year, the world comes together to show love, support and spread awareness for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
You may ask yourself, what is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder is developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, sensory processing and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviors. Although there is no single cause or cure for ASD, early diagnosis, awareness, education, support and access to appropriate services can have a positive impact.
In the United States alone, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention determined that approximately 1 in every 59 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children can be diagnosed with ASD as early as 2 years old and boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism than girls.
To help spread AUTISM AWARENESS, the Rome Police Department along with the Philip S. McDonald PBA has specially designed an AUTISM AWARNESS shoulder patch for members to wear on their uniform during the month of April and a decal to affix on the patrol vehicles to show support for the Autism Community.
The 2020 shoulder patch is available for pre-order purchase at the Rome Police Department located at 301 N. James Street, Rome, NY 13440 or by contacting Officer Thomas Medlin at Autismawareness@romepd.com . Each patch is $10.00 or $12.00 shipped and all proceeds will be donated to The Kelberman Center (Autism Services Across The Lifespan) Check or money order
** Make payable to the Philip S. McDonald PBA (Memo line- Autism Awareness)
** All donations are greatly appreciated.