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Trump declares April 2 'World Autism Awareness Day'

Trump declares April 2 'World Autism Awareness Day'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE declared April 2 "World Autism Awareness Day," hailing the "exceptional contributions" that people with autism make in the U.S. and around the world. 

"On this day, we honor their accomplishments and recommit to ensuring that they enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential that all Americans deserve," Trump said in a statement. 

He said the U.S. must ensure autism is accurately identified and diagnosed in children and adults by supporting access to effective care, critical resources and support services. 

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"On World Autism Awareness Day, let us renew our commitment to support the entire international [autism spectrum disorder] community, including children and adults with ASD, their families, and caregivers," he said. 

"Together, we can increase access to information, encourage heightened understanding of ASD, promote respect and dignity, and support the services that assist people with ASD to reach their full potential."

Before becoming president, Trump used to tweet frequently about his belief that autism was linked to vaccines, a theory that has been widely debunked by health experts.