by ADN

July 29, 2017

idcardsRotterdam, N.Y. — A lawmaker in New York is pushing for ID cards for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Angelo Santabarbara of District 11 is hoping that individuals living with autism spectrum disorder in New York can soon avail themselves of an autism ID card, which is meant to help inform others of the cardholder’s condition.

Santabarbara himself has a son who has autism, and he believes that giving individuals with ASD ID cards that will help them communicate with others is an important tool. He told:

“It gives them one more communication tool where my son may not be able to communicate. Finding this card, people will know that, and they’ll know how to handle the situation so it’s effective communication.”

Similar ID cards are already being used in other states like Alabama, but the proposed autism ID card in New York will look much like the New York State identification cards for non-drivers.

Autism advocates such as The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region approve of Santabarbara’s proposed autism identification cards, so long as they are not mandatory. The assemblyman assured that the IDs will not be compulsory.

According to The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region Director Janine Kruiswijk:

“We’re not looking to label anybody. We don’t feel that there should be mandatory identification. We have a great belief in dignity and choice in our community, and if a tool can provide additional support, that’s fine.”

Santabarbara hopes to bring his proposal before the assembly early next year.

Source: Noel McLaren: News 10: Local lawmaker to push autism ID cards

About the author 


{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}


December 29, 2020

The latest technology has helped us by bringing

December 18, 2020

Everyone experiences anxiety at one time or another,

December 14, 2020

Safety is the utmost important concern for people

December 3, 2020

Autism Daily Newscast recently ran a feature on

November 28, 2020

There’s a lot that people do to secure

November 24, 2020

Children love to wander around and they don’t

November 21, 2020

CC BY by nick step Kristin Cavallari, star