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Monday, February 10, 2020

Autistic Candidate for New York State Assembly

In The Politics of Autism, I write:  "Support from the general public will be an important political asset for autistic people. Another will be their sheer numbers, since a larger population of identified autistic adults will mean more autistic voters and activists."  Previous posts have discussed autistic political candidates in GeorgiaTexas, and Washington State

Andrew Hyman at WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York reports on a SUNY Brockport student running for the New York State Assembly.
Dylan Dailor, 20, says he's the first assembly candidate with autism among the two major parties. Dailor was first diagnosed with autism when he was just seven.

"I don't want anyone to vote for me because they feel bad, this isn't a come from behind story," Dailor says.
The Greece native, who was endorsed by the Monroe County Democratic Committee at its convention last week, is running for the 134th District seat. That seat is currently held by incumbent Peter Lawrence, a Republican.