“It is my hope that the Department of Transportation will step up to the plate once again and consider this new educational opportunity that could help make drivers more aware and keep our families safe,” Goldfeder said in a press release issued Tuesday.
“Autistic Child Area” signs aim to alert drivers and ensure they take additional precautions in areas around Howard Beach that feature facilities catering to people with autism, special needs schools and parks utilized by autistic children.
Similar to signs that warn drivers they are entering an area with deaf children, “Autistic Child Area” signs will inform drivers they may not be able to rely on traditional means, like honking, to prevent accidents.
“Kids with autism are unpredictable; they can jet out into the street at any given time,” President and CEO of New York Families for Autistic Children Andrew Baumann said in a press release issued Tuesday. “If people knew that an area had autistic kids, they could be more aware. They could look towards the sidewalks, and knowing that just because a kid is walking down the sidewalk doesn’t mean they’re not going to jet out.”