We were recently introduced to the Office of Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara from New York State Assembly District 111, and he is the father of an Autistic teenage son. In a recent press release about a new Autism Action Plan in New York, he stated:
"Autism Action NY" is a five-point plan that is focused on:
- increasing job opportunities;
- providing independent housing options;
- improving access to information;
- assisting in communication; and
- creating a centralized location for services in New York.
There are times when these types of plans have been seen as "window dressing" by Albany politicians. However, as a father of an Autistic teenager, I am very optimistic about this initiative.
One of my goals has been to figure out models where "Inclusion" can include Veterans and the Developmentally Disabled in supportive housing together. On this weekend of Army vs Navy football, this Navy family has a new Army friend in Albany as Assemblymember Santabarbara has served in the Army Reserves.
Contact/Follow Assemblymember Santabarbara here.