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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 16, 2020 08:57 AM
From: Representative Benjamin V. Sanchez
To: All House members
Subject: Autism Spectrum Disorder Designation

Individuals on the autism spectrum may have a difficult time communicating with others, especially in tense situations such as emergencies involving police and fire personnel. This difficulty can create unwanted situations that may inhibit the ability of emergency responders to effectively do their jobs and put unnecessary stress on individuals with autism.

For this reason, I am introducing legislation that will allow an individual on the autism spectrum to receive notation on their driver’s license or identification card indicating their condition. This notation will alert emergency responders to the individual’s condition and allow them to interact with the person in a more appropriate fashion.

This bill will also establish the Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Account. Individuals applying for an original or renewal driver’s license or identification card may give a voluntary $3 contribution to the newly created Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Account. These funds will be placed in a restricted account in the General Fund, only to be used by the Department of Health in providing education and training to working professionals that will interact with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Please join me in supporting this legislation. Help bring positive change to the lives of individuals with autism and emergency responders.