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State of Washington MCS Proclamation
Wednesday 16 May 2012
The State of Washington has issued a Proclamation for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month:
The Proclamation reads:
The State of Washington
WHEREAS, people of all ages in Washington have developed a condition known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) as a result of a single massive exposure or repeated low level exposures to toxic chemicals and other irritants in the environment; and
WHEREAS, MCS is recognized by numerous organizations which support the health and welfare of the chemically injured including the World Health Organization, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and
WHEREAS, MCS is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure; symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pains, rashes, asthma, headaches, and other respiratory and neurological problems; and
WHEREAS, MCS can result in major financial, employment, housing, health, and social consequences for people who have this disability; and
WHEREAS, reasonable accommodations and raising awareness of MCS can provide opportunities for people with this disability to enjoy access to work, school, public facilities, and other settings where they can continue to contribute their professional skills, ideas, creativity, abilities, and knowledge; and
WHEREAS, people with MCS need the support and cooperation of family, friends, co-workers and society as they manage their condition and adapt to new lifestyles;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christine O. Gregoire, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim May 2012 as
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month
in Washington State, and I urge all citizens to join me in this special observance.
Signed this 4th day of January, 2012
Governor Christine O. Gregoire
The Proclamation is also available here.
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