Goldfeder Urges Passage of Important Autism Legislation During Autism Awareness Month

April 9, 2012
During the month of Autism Awareness, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (left) joined Andrew Bauman, Founder and CEO of the non-profit New York Families for Autistic Children (right) on a tour of the new NYFAC learning center on Cross Bay Blvd in Howard Beach. The facility is expected to be open and completed by June of this year.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) is reminding residents of Southern Queens and Rockaway that April is Autism Awareness Month. The month-long observation aims to educate the public about autism and the many services available to help the 1.5 million American individuals and families dealing with this developmental disorder.

“There’s a growing incidence of autism spectrum disorders across the state and across the country, and we need to ensure we’re making the proper accommodations for those individuals,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “This month draws needed public attention to a serious and often under-treated condition.”

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that severely affects the way an individual can relate to others socially, potentially hampering an individual’s ability to communicate and learn. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is 1 in 88 nationwide, making it one of the most common disorders affecting people today . The New York State Interagency Task Force on Autism identified "five pressing needs" of the growing population of New Yorkers diagnosed with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). These needs include coordination of state services, early identification, lifelong service delivery, increased dissemination of information and coordination of research efforts.

Assemblyman Goldfeder has sponsored legislation that will expand and enhance treatment, training and research programs serving those persons diagnosed with ASDs (A.2954). This bill will develop a coordinated New York State policy and plan to address the current and future needs of people and families who are affected by ASDs, ensuring that people across the state who are diagnosed with or affected by this disorder are getting the help they need.

“A diagnosis of autism presents a real challenge for the families of those who suffer from this disorder,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “It is important to provide support to the growing number of children and families affected by ASDs to ensure that they receive the care and support they desperately need and deserve.”