April 2, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement to recognize April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day:

“During World Autism Awareness Day, we light up the world blue for the children and adults who fight daily for acceptance, awareness, and understanding,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). “People with autism have recently gained representation in the film, and television industry which is of vital importance to diminish the harmful and retrograde stigma associated with autism. We recognize the accomplishments of people with autism as we continue to find ways to make homes, schools, workplaces, and communities that we share inviting and accepting so that they can reach their full potential.

“Autism research is of vital importance as autism can cost a family an average of $60,000 a year. Today and every day, the fight to better understand autism must continue so that we can find the best therapies for each and every person diagnosed with autism. Parents and families in New York’s 13th congressional district and the world, I stand with you today and every day as we fight for the services your child’s needs.

“It remains crucial that we continue our fight for autism research beyond just April. Let’s raise our voices to build awareness and acceptance of autism until the stigma no longer exists.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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