April 2019 was proclaimed Autism Awareness month by Judges Tramer J. Woytek of Lavaca
County, Joe Weber of Fayette County, and Ty Prause of Colorado County. Nationwide April is celebrated as Autism Awareness Month, which represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 59 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self- determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation; to embrace a new perspective to ensure acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities that result in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people; and to get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts. Turtle Wing Foundation, whose mission is helping children with learning challenges in rural areas achieve their full potential, is grateful for the support of the local county judges and commissioners. As a special acknowledgement of Turtle Wing Foundation’s good works since 2011, and to encourage community participation in the growth and sustainability of the foundation to continue serving the families of Fayette, Colorado, Lavaca, and surrounding counties, April 4 has also been proclaimed Turtle Wing Day. Individuals, schools, and businesses will be wearing the Turtle Wing brand and learning more about autism all in memory of Jack Hooper, whose legacy is the foundation. Turtle Wing program areas include Early Intervention, Supplemental Services and Community Education & Advocacy. For more information contact Susie Shank, Turtle Wing managing director, at 979-505-5090 , like the Turtle Wing Facbook page, or visit www.turtlewingfoundation.org.
W family Cannon & Katie Williams, Judge Woytek, Susie Shank/TW Managing Director
DeeAnn Hooper/Founder of TW with Schulenburg Mayor Elaine Kocian proclaiming April 4, 2019 Turtle Wing Day
Phyllis Fritch/TW Community Outreach Coordinator with Colorado County Judge Prause & commissioners