House Approves Autism-Related Legislation

April 24, 2019

The House of Representatives passed three autism related bills during session on Wednesday. I could not think of a better time to discuss these bills than in April, which is Autism Awareness Month.

HB 6184, An Act Concerning Access to Information on Early Childhood Interventions

The bill will require (1) the Office of Early Childhood to develop a document concerning developmental milestones experienced by children from birth to age five and information on how to access the Child Development Infoline, and (2) child care centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes to post copies of such document on the premises of such centers and homes.

Signs of autism are often present as early as 18 months of age and early intervention can make a big difference for kids on the spectrum.

HB 5559, An Act Concerning Communication between Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Law Enforcement Officers

The bill would require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to make available, upon request by a person with autism spectrum disorder, a blue envelope to contain such person's operator's license, registration and insurance card.

This will allow officers to know the person is on the Autism Spectrum and signal that they need to utilize their Autism Safety Training.

HB 7168, An Act Concerning Transitional Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The bill will expand transition services to children starting at age 14, instead of age 16.

It is our duty to support each and every resident, so these bills are a step in the right direction.

These bills will now be considered by the Senate.