In a victory for parents of children with autism this month, New York State approved road signs to alert motorists that a child with autism lives nearby. Parents in Lancaster, Hamburg, and Amherst have been advocating for the signs since the summer of 2019, according to a report by Buffalo News.com.
Lancaster Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace explained that, while some municipalities had erected the signs warning of children with autism in the area, others, such as Lancaster and the village of Hamburg, had refused to do so because the signs were technically illegal. Under recent amendments to state regulations, the signs are now legal if the child with autism under 18 years of age, the average daily traffic volume is under 2,000 vehicles, the speed limit is 35 mph or less, and the roadway is residential.
The campaign for autism signage was spearheaded by Laura Moeller, whose son, Cameron, is on the autism spectrum. In a letter to Lancaster Mayor William Schroeder, Moeller explained that children with autism may dart into the streets without warning.
The campaign for autism signage was spearheaded by Laura Moeller, whose son, Cameron, is on the autism spectrum. In a letter to Lancaster Mayor William Schroeder, Moeller explained that children with autism may dart into the streets without warning.“We currently have three locks and alarms on all of our doors, not to keep people out but to keep Cameron in,” Moeller wrote in her letter to the mayor. “He doesn’t have any regard for safety and will not hesitate to run across the street.”
Other states, such as Wisconsin, approved autism signs for motorists as far back as 2014, with families being required to pay $200 to create and post the signs. In Seminole County, Florida, parents are required to include a letter from their child’s physician when applying to post a safety warning zone sign.