Assemblyman pushes for autism-friendly emergency rooms

March 11, 2019 08:04 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) - A lawmaker in New York is making a push for autism-friendly emergency rooms.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is pitching a program that would make emergency rooms in hospitals autism-friendly. If approved, it would mark the state's first sensory-friendly emergency room. 

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Treatment areas would provide a quiet setting, dimmed lighting and a number of other features to make a difference for those in need. 

"For patients with an autism spectrum disorder, sometimes little things can make a really big difference, whether it's speaking softly or changing the lighting in the room" Santabarbara said. 

More than 3.5 million Americans live with some sort of an autism spectrum disorder. 


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