No known cause for autism, but scientists believe it can be found

WASHINGTON – In an effort to boost autism awareness, Senator Norm Coleman introduced a resolution today asking the Senate to encourage the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp on the subject of autism awareness. Coleman introduced the resolution with fellow Senators Conrad Burns (R-MT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Charles Schumer (D-NY).

“I recently received a passionate letter from a Minnesota mom living with autism everyday. Her son has autism and she explained what they go through and the importance behind autism awareness,” Coleman said. “This resolution is a small step but it’s something I am honored we could do to bring this disability to the spotlight and perhaps raise awareness to a bigger level.”

Autism is a wide reaching neurological disorder affecting up to 1.5 million Americans at a growing rate of 10-17% each year. Early diagnosis of this disorder gives that person a chance at early intervention and treatment. However, there is no medical test for diagnosing autism and it can only be determined through one’s behavior which makes it harder to detect.

“Autism can affect anyone and we don’t know why or how to prevent it,” Coleman said. “The awareness this stamp will give to this disease will undoubtedly assist in the effort already underway meant to help people living with this disorder and those working on understanding it.”

As is the process, today’s resolution will be referred to committee for further review and an actual stamp could be issued at a later date.

Jamie Proulx
Press Secretary
Senator Norm Coleman
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