Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a National Day of Recognition for Parents of Special Needs Children should be established.
Whereas children with special health care needs are defined as those children who have a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition that requires special health-related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally;
Whereas the Department of Health and Human Services most recent National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs estimates 14 percent of children between the ages of 0 and 17 in the United States are diagnosed as having special health care needs;
Whereas active and supportive parents serve a critical role in the development of special needs children and in preparing them to succeed in school and in life;
Whereas parents of special needs children deserve annual national recognition for their selfless dedication, compassion, and sacrifice; and
Whereas it is appropriate that the Nation reserve a special day each year to celebrate and honor the parents of special needs children across the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) recognizes the importance of honoring the Nation’s parents of special needs children;
(2) expresses its sense that a National Day of Recognition for Parents of Special Needs Children should be established to honor such parents; and
(3) urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities.