Major strides made for Travis Alert Act in state House

Rep. Gina McCabe's bill known as the “Travis Alert Act” passed the Washington State House of Representatives Wednesday.

House Bill 1258 would allow people to submit information pertaining to an individual's disability to the Enhanced 911 program so dispatchers can deliver critical information to first responders during emergencies. It would also review existing procedures and ask the Department of Health to create a training program for first responders, providing instruction for how to best respond to emergencies involving persons with special needs. The act is named after Travis King, a 12 year-old boy with autism from Wapato.

“No one likes to talk about the possibility of tragedy striking, but I've heard from families throughout Washington the Travis Alert Act would give their families peace of mind in an emergency,” said McCabeR-Goldendale. “It is an absolute honor to be sponsoring this bill and advocating for the needs of Travis and others with disabilities.”

McCabe first introduced the bill during the 2016 legislative session after hearing from Travis' mom, Threasa, who wanted to make sure her son would be appropriately cared for in an emergency. What began as a bill to aid individuals with autism transformed into a bill to encompass the needs of all persons with disabilities.

The bill now advances to the Senate for further consideration.

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