McCabe sponsors resolution in honor of individuals with autism

This week, Rep. Gina McCabe sponsored a resolution in honor and recognition of individuals with autism and their families to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month.

House Resolution 4635 reads: “Through research, training, public services, support groups, advocacy, and increased awareness, we will be more understanding, inclusive, and better equipped to support the growing number of individuals with autism and their families…”

McCabe, R-Goldendale, is responsible for the Travis Alert Act bill making its way through the legislative process this session. The legislation, House Bill 1258, would allow people to submit information pertaining to an individual's disability to the Enhanced 911 program so dispatchers could 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.

House Bill 1258 was originally crafted to only pertain to individuals with autism but was modified to encompass anyone with a disability. The bill passed the House and the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and now awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. We must foster a more inclusive environment and ensure individuals and families receive the support they need,” said McCabe. “The Travis Alert Act would do just that, by helping save lives and giving law enforcement more tools to help individuals with autism — and others with special needs — during emergencies.”

Travis King — the bill's namesake — and his parents, Threasa and Darren, joined McCabe and others at the Capitol Wednesday for an autism-awareness ceremony. McCabe provided Travis with an official copy of the resolution.

The 2017 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 23.


Washington State House Republican Communications