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Assemblyman Santabarbara pushes for autism-friendly emergency rooms

March 10, 2019 11:04 AM

Angelo Santabarbara is no stranger to the autism movement. The assemblyman is now pitching a program that would make emergency rooms in hospitals autism-friendly. 

If Santabarbara's proposal is 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" said Santabarbara. 

About 1 in 59 children are now born with autism each year in the United States and more than 3.5 million Americans are living with an autism spectrum disorder. 

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Muneib Chater

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