I was able to stop Centreville HS yesterday to present members of the football team, coach Haddock, and Principal Campbell with a resolution for their achievements during the 2011 football season. Best of luck to all CVHS students!

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I had a great time filming for How the States Got Their Shapes alongside Delegate Scott Surovell. Thank you to the crew and Brian Unger for this opportunity. Look for our episode this fall on the History Channel!

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I had the honor of serving as the moderator for Prince William County’s Committee of 100 on Thursday. This was an outstanding event thanks to Martha Hendley and the great panelists.

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Congratulations to Kate Trussell for being named PTA Volunteer of the Year. I had the honor of presenting her this commemorative resolution alongside her family and Union Mill Principal Kathleen Case

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World Autism Awareness Day

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Today, April 2, is the 5th Annual World Autism Awareness Day. Unfortunately the number of children affected by this disease continues to rise in the United States. According to the latest estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 88 American children are affected by this disease to one degree or another; boys are diagnosed at a higher rate of 1 in 54.

The Virginia General Assembly, recognizing the devastation that autism has on Virginia families, passed two major pieces of legislation to help those who seek to find solutions to this ever increasing disease. The first, signed into law in 2011, requires insurance companies to provide autism diagnostic and treatment coverage for those children professionally-diagnosed with the disorder. The benefit covers children between the ages of two and six years as statistics show that children who receive early diagnosis and treatment for autism can lead normal lives.

Most recently, the 2012 Virginia General Assembly passed emergency legislation that gave the Virginia Board of Medicine the authority to provide regulations for licensing behavioral analysts. This emergency legislation is critical to providing children with autism and their families the resources and support they need.

I encourage all those who seek help and/or additional information regarding this disease to contact Autism Speaks, www.autismspeaks.org

Delegate Hugo stated, "It has been a privilege and an honor for me to have worked alongside all those involved in this most worthy cause. Continued focus on this issue through events such as &#145World Autism Awareness Day’ will help these children come out of the darkness that is autism and give them and their families hope that they will lead productive lives and not be wards of the state."