Father Pushes to Get Autism Awareness Sign

Louis Blazer, a resident of the Town of Tonawanda in New York, successfully convinced the town board to install two signs alerting drivers that an autistic child lives in the area.

Louis Blazer, a resident of the Town of Tonawanda in New York, successfully convinced the town board to install two signs alerting drivers that an autistic child lives in the area.

Blazer said that he and one other family were pushing to get the sign installed because they both have highly autistic children. He said he wanted to protect his son before it was too late, especially since his child has a hard time adjusting to surroundings in order to protect himself.

Many autistic children who wander or go missing are nonverbal and may need special assistance from the community and from first responders.

Last Monday, the Town of Tonawanda finally agreed to install the signs after months of requests. Blazer had tried talking to the police and highway departments, but they didn’t help. Finally, he contacted supervisor Anthony Caruana, who agreed to put the signs up for the safety of the children.

Fortunately, the signs will be installed within the next two weeks. Although it took a lot of effort to persuade the town to install the signs, they could potentially save a life.

The Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers information on why those with autism may wander and has tips for parents, guardians and community members (in English and in Spanish) available online at www.missingkids.com/autism.

For anyone who knows a child on the autism spectrum and is interested in learning more about resources available to help keep track their friends and loved ones, please call The International Center for Autism Research & Education’s Director of Communications & Development Mary Leslie at (718) 686-9600, ext. 1108.

Written By Sejal Sheth

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