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Saturday, March 7, 2020

"Child With Autism" Signs in New York State

In The Politics of Autism, I write about the everyday struggles facing autistic people and their families -- including safety on the streets.

Jane Kwiatkowski at The Buffalo News:
Laura Moeller and other parents of autistic children shared a victory this week after New York State approved road signs to alert motorists that a child with autism resides nearby.
The issue came to light during the summer of 2019 when parents in Lancaster, Hamburg and Amherst requested municipal officials post warning road signs to alert motorists of children with autism.
“Although some municipalities had erected the signs warning of children with autism in the area, others like Lancaster and the Village of Hamburg had refused to do so because the signs were technically illegal,” said Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace, D-Lancaster.
The Town of Amherst in 2019, went ahead and installed a "Child with Autism Area" sign with Supervisor Brian Kulpa explaining it was in the best interest of the residents.
State regulations were recently amended to allow for the signage if the following conditions exist: the child with autism is under the age of 18, the average daily traffic volume is less than 2,000 vehicles, the speed limit is 35 mph or less, and the roadway is residential.
Angelica Morrison reports at Buffalo's WIVB-TV: