April 2nd is World Autism Day and marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. At 12pm, the Mayor will be issuing a proclamation in honor of World Autism Day on the steps of City Hall. Cory Carlotto, son of Pittsfield’s Assistant City Clerk Malia Carlotto, will be the guest of honor and the recipient of this year’s proclamation. City Hall will also join Park Square in lighting up blue during the month of April in support of Autism Awareness Month.
Ten years ago, autism’s estimated prevalence was 1 in 166. Today it’s 1 in 68. This demonstrates an increase in diagnosis of more than 100% in one decade. Autism touches almost every one of us, whether that be a family member, a friend or a co-worker. Therefore, we all benefit from helping to raise awareness.
The City of Pittsfield is home to Community Resources for People with Autism – Berkshire Division located at 100 North Street. They service families throughout Berkshire County. In support of their mission of awareness and inclusion, Community Resources for People with Autism will have Autism Awareness magnets available for $5 in the Mayor’s office. All proceeds stay in the Berkshires. Your magnet can help show your support year round.
Guest of Honor: Cory Carlotto