Santabarbara's Autism Action Plan Included in Budget

A key part of Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara's Autism Action Plan has passed in the Assembly as part of the State Budget.

Saying that people like his son Michael often struggle with communicating, making eye contact and responding to simple questions and how that can unnecessarily escalate encounters with law enforcement, the Assemblyman's plan establishes New York's first state-wide Autism Training Program for law enforcement and first responders to learn how to interact with individuals on the autism spectrum and with related disorders. 

The state budget approved $250,000 to fund the initiative in all parts of the state within the next 90 days.

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