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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Driver License Bill in New York State

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss interactions between police and autistic people.  Sometimes they occur on the road.  A number of ASD people drive cars.

Josh Navarro at WROC-TV Rochester:
A new bill in New York state would allow people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to obtain a special driver’s license. Supporters say it would help law enforcement on routine stops, but the bill does raise concerns among advocates.

Assembly Bill A08711, establishes a system for people on the Autism spectrum to receive special driver’s licenses. It was introduced by Assemblymember Nader Sayegh of Yonkers. It is a way for law enforcement and first responders to immediately know a person has autism and react appropriately towards them.