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WEST HAVEN, May 12, 2022 — (Pictured): Forest Elementary School third grader Nicholas Gorske receives a proclamation from Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, left, declaring Apraxia Awareness Day in West Haven on Thursday, May 12.
Shown with them are, from left, Nicholas’ mother, Anna Gorske, and Forest paraprofessional Cynthia Russello, special education teacher Gabrielle Gambardella and Principal Thomas J. Hunt.
Ethan Kubicko, a seventh grader at Bailey Middle School, also received a mayoral proclamation for Apraxia Awareness Day.
National Apraxia Awareness Day is May 14.
Nicholas and Ethan have childhood apraxia of speech, or CAS, an uncommon speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking.
To increase awareness of the speech disorder for the fifth straight year, the students recently contacted Rossi about declaring the special day in West Haven.
“The city encourages public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech and recognizes that it is essential for families of children with apraxia and the professionals who support them to receive the needed services for those learning to use their own voices,” Rossi said.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)