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July 22nd is Fragile X Awareness Day in Massachusetts General Law. Accordingly, Governor Baker has issued the following proclamation:

Fragile X Awareness Day

Whereas Fragile X is a genetic condition that may lead to a range of developmental disabilities including learning and cognitive challenges; and

Whereas Although the exact number of people who have Fragile X is unknown, it is estimated to affect about 1 in 5,000 males; and

Whereas Males are more likely to be severely affected by Fragile X than females; and

Whereas Co-occurring conditions and characteristics include developmental or intellectual disability, difficulty paying attention, anxiety, hyperactivity, Autism, self-injury, aggressiveness, seizures, and depression; and

Whereas Fragile X is most commonly diagnosed through a blood test to determine changes in the FMR1 gene; and

Whereas Those who are involved in treatment and support such as parents, health care providers, therapists, and teachers should work together in taking advantage of all resources available to help guide success and improve the lives of individuals with Fragile X; and

Whereas Individuals with Fragile X will experience challenges; however, given effective interventions and support they can live full lives as members of the community; and

Now, therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July 22, 2016, to be,

Fragile X Awareness Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Please share to raise awareness about Fragile X.

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