May 17, 2014: Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day

WHEREAS, first described in 1965 by British pediatrician Dr. Harry Angelman, Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism; and,

WHEREAS, characteristics of AS may include seizures, delay in development, lack of speech and difficulty balancing or walking; individuals with AS will likely require life-long care; and,

WHEREAS, with no cure, early diagnosis and intervention are extremely beneficial when AS is suspected, and diagnosis can now be accomplished within a child’s first year; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness of Angelman Syndrome in Michigan; we encourage parents to learn more about this genetic disorder in order to improve the chances for early diagnosis and intervention;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, May 17, 2014 as Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day in Michigan.