Posted on April 24, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative JP Sredzinski (R-112) participated in yet another Autism Awareness Day at the Capitol last week. This year’s focus was on the journey into adulthood.
“As a parent to a young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I understand the anxiety that other parents and guardians must feel as their child grows into an adult and is faced with the need to become independent,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “We are here to fight for the policies that make this transition more empowering for ASD individuals and less challenging for their families. I thank all those who attended Autism Awareness Day and ask you to continue using your voice to raise awareness about the gaps in the services you rely on.”
The Connecticut Autism Advocacy Coalition holds an Advocacy Day each year to celebrate the progress made on behalf of the Connecticut Autism community. Their goal is to continue building on existing possibilities and opportunities for individuals and families impacted by ASD. Priority areas include early intervention, employment, family supports, housing, and education.
Four young adults spoke at the event and shared the stories of the unique challenges they have overcome. Assistive Technology was also featured to educate legislators on available resources.
Two pieces of related legislation that Rep. Sredzinski co-sponsored this year include House Bill (HB) 7168, which would ensure that persons with ASD receive transitional services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and are eligible for Medicaid coverage despite family earnings; and HB 5559, which would improve communication between persons with ASD and law enforcement officers by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to make available, upon request by a person with ASD, a blue envelope to contain such person’s operator’s license, registration and insurance card. Both bills passed unanimously today in the House and will be sent up to the Senate for a vote.