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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Autistic Child Area" Signs

The Politics of Autism discusses the problems of wandering and day-to-day safety.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced Tuesday his plans to urge the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install signs in key areas around Howard Beach to ensure the safety of children with autism.
Autistic Child Area” signs aim to alert drivers and ensure they take additional precautions in areas around Howard Beach that feature facilities catering to people with autism, special needs schools and parks utilized by autistic children.
“Kids with autism are unpredictable; they can jet out into the street at any given time,” President and CEO of New York Families for Autistic Children Andrew Baumann said in a press release issued Tuesday. “If people knew that an area had autistic kids, they could be more aware. They could look towards the sidewalks, and knowing that just because a kid is walking down the sidewalk doesn’t mean they’re not going to jet out.”