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Thursday, April 11, 2024


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

Madeleine Wright at CBS Philadelphia:
A Philadelphia father has been working to protect people with autism by installing street signs with the goal of getting drivers to slow down.

Residents might notice new signs throughout Philadelphia that read "autistic person area."

Eric Williams is the man behind the very personal campaign. He's the founder of Project Elijah Empowering Autism, or PEEA, a nonprofit named after his son, who was diagnosed with the disorder at age 3.

"We need to bring more awareness to motorists," Williams said. "We see a lot of hit-and-runs going on lately."

The signs are meant to send a message to drivers because a person with autism may cross the street with little warning. Interested families can fill out an online application.