- Serina Hartinger
- (707) 315-8523
SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield), chair of the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, presented ACR 73 to establish April as Autism Awareness Month. ACR 73 was unanimously adopted and intends to teach awareness and encourage support and understanding for our friends, family, and neighbors who either have or live with autism.
"Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States? In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They are not, nor should be relegated or dismissed," said Assemblymember Frazier. “Further, per the Lanterman Act, the state of California has a legal obligation to support people with developmental disabilities to live in community settings and pursue individual goals.”
Assemblymember Frazier holds the intellectual and developmentally disabled (IDD) community close to his heart and high on his list of priorities as a legislator. Just last week, Assemblymember Frazier presented AB 1417 which passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee with 12 aye votes. The bill addresses the low wages and high turnover rates of direct service staff by creating opportunities for enhanced training and certification. It will not only enhance provider retention, but also create a pathway for upward career movement.
Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.