Press Release Feb 11, 2013
Autism Day at the New Mexico Legislature
Santa Fe– Expect the halls of the State Capital to be beaming with color on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 for “Autism Day” at the New Mexico Legislature. Colorful and vibrant puzzle piece scarves have been handed out to legislators and the autism community to help raise awareness and to honor those affected by autism in New Mexico.
At the east entrance of the Capital building, there will also be a colorful display which will demonstrate how many New Mexicans are affected by autism. Informational booths will also be set up in the East Corridor of the State Capitol from 8 am to 2 pm and will include, The New Mexico Autism Society, Parents Reaching Out, The Center for Development and Disability Autism Programs, The Center for Self Advocacy, and EPICS (Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs).
A House and Senate Memorial will be read in both chambers declaring February 13, 2013 as “Autism Day” in the state legislature.
Several pieces of autism legislation are being considered at this year’s session, including HB 22, which would provide autism services to families in the state insurance pool. This bill has passed the House unanimously and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
SB 213 and HB 209 are duplicate bills which are requesting a $2 million dollar appropriation for autism services in NM. SB 213 has passed Senate Public Affairs and is slated for a hearing during the Senate Finance Committee on “Autism Day” February 13.
The New Mexico Autism Society, urges you to stop by the informational booths, visit with your legislators and stop in at Governor Martinez’s office.
For more information on the New Mexico Autism Society visit nmautismsociety.org or call (505) 332-0306.