Legislative and Community Advocacy
The Autism Society of Florida advocates for and contributes to crafting legislation to protect, empower and improve the quality of life for people with autism in all aspects of life.
We forge relationships with legislators as well as people in our communities to educate, inform and create awareness about the needs of individuals with autism in Florida. We are committed to helping people advocate for their children and teaching self advocacy skills to adults on the autism spectrum.
If you share our passion, have skills to offer and are interested in volunteering to help advocate on a more global scale, contact us and put those skills to work. Let's work together to create a better more inclusive world for everyone.
CONTACT US AT: INFO@AUTISMFL.ORG
CALL TO ACTION
House Bill 149 is the bill against the restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities in our public schools. Currently, it allows for the use of mechanical restraint in certain situations (ie; zip ties, handcuffs, tie downs and straight jackets - specifically named in the bill). We do NOT believe that ANY child for ANY reason should be put in any of these - esp by school staff.
This bill will appear before the House Education Committee next, and your help is needed. Below is a list of committee members, their phone numbers and emails.
PLEASE contact them (phone calls are best) and ask that this bill be amended to remove any allowance for children with disabilities to be placed in these forms of mechanical restraint by school staff. Please note, this bill is not related to police officers. We're talking about "educators".
If you have a personal story, use it, but also note that more than 89,000 restraints have been reported since data collection began, and perhaps they need to be reminded of that. This isn't two or three incidents that happen to hit the news per year. It's pervasive.
Chris Latvala Pinellas (727) 724-3000
Stan McClain Marion (352) 732-1313
Patricia H. Williams Broward (954) 202-3201
Vance Arthur Aloupis, Jr. Miami-Dade (305) 270-6530
Robert Alexander ''Alex'' Andrade
Escambia,Santa Rosa (850) 595-0467
Kristen Aston Arrington Osceola (407) 846-5016
Melony M. Bell DeSoto,Hardee,Polk (863) 285-1101
David Borrero Broward,Collier,Miami-Dade (305) 222-4116
James Bush III Miami-Dade (305) 953-3086
Randy Fine Brevard (321) 409-2017
Joe Harding Levy,Marion (352) 291-4436
Fred Hawkins Osceola,Polk (407) 892-0409
Christine Hunschofsky Broward (954) 956-5600
Chip LaMarca Broward (954) 784-4531
Patt Maney Okaloosa (850) 833-3713
Amber Mariano Pasco (727) 861-4806
Travaris L. 'Tray' McCurdy Orange (407) 445-5254
Daisy Morales Orange (407) 207-3840
Dana Trabulsy St. Lucie (772) 595-1391
Kaylee Tuck Glades,Highlands,Okeechobee,St. Lucie (863) 386-6000
Susan L. Valdes Hillsborough (813) 673-4673