Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and Undersheriff Joseph Lisi were joined by Kathy Caruso and Kelly Britton from “Better Together” for the unveiling of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Autism Awareness Decal. April is Autism Awareness Month and the decal, which will be placed on all Oneida County Sheriff’s Office marked vehicles for the month, is designed to help raise awareness to Autism and encouraging people to learn more about the disorder and to show kindness towards the community of people with it.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also note that around 1 percent of people have a form of autism in the United States. Better Together with Kathy and Kelly is a local non-profit parent advocacy group that focuses on educating the public about Autism awareness and providing services to people with various disabilities. The Oneida County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Foundation, also a local non-profit organization, provided the funding for the vehicle decals.