R 83
2001-H 6158
Enacted 3/1/2001

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Introduced By:  Representatives Martineau and Watson Date Introduced:  March 1, 2001

WHEREAS, Mental retardation is a condition which affects more than 7,000,000 individuals and their families in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Public awareness and education improve the community's understanding of the important issues affecting people with mental retardation; and

WHEREAS, People with mental retardation can be vital and spirited members of our communities, improving the quality of life for all of us; and

WHEREAS, The month of March has been designated National Mental Retardation Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, With more than 120,000 members and 1,000 chapters, The Arc of Northern Rhode Island will be undertaking public awareness, education and fundraising initiatives during March, 2001; and

WHEREAS, The Arc of the United States is the nation's leading volunteer-based organization advocating for and with people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaim March, 2001 as "Mental Retardation Awareness Month" in the State of Rhode Island and urges that the citizens of Rhode Island give full support of efforts towards enabling people with mental retardation to live full and productive lives of inclusion in our communities; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to The Arc of Northern Rhode Island.

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