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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Philadelphia Councilman

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss public officials who promote autism awareness.  Some, such as Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and New York Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, have loved ones on the spectrum.

Samaria Bailey writes at The Philadelphia Tribune:
City Councilman-At-Large Derek Green is working to raise awareness about autism, a brain development disorder, with activities this month in observance of National Autism Awareness Month.
As the father of an autistic child, Green praised Philadelphia as a place that provides significant resources to families like his but said there was always room for more.
“Autism does not discriminate on ethnicity, economic background or where you live,” he said. “It’s been a growing dynamic across the country.”
On April 7, Green is scheduled to mark Autism Awareness Day in the city.
On April 9, he will support the grand opening of the West Philadelphia office of Jaden’s Voice, an autism support nonprofit ran by Terri Matthews, a Black mother of an autistic son. Among other efforts, Jaden’s Voice provides financial grants “to persons directly impacted” by Autism.
On April 21 and 22, Green, as the chairman for City Council Committee on Disabilities, will lead hearings focused on the “The Philadelphia Autism Project” and other efforts to promote autism awareness. Both hearings are open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m.

The Jaden’s Voice open house will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. April 9 at 5548 Chestnut St.