Monday, August 18, 2008

Autism Awareness License Plates

Don't know how I missed it, but on January 1st of this year, a public act went into effect that will make available autism awareness license plates in Illinois. The DMV's website has no such plate in August, a full 8 months later. I emailed the DMV to ask when they would be offered.

After researching the web, I found these states that offer an autism awareness plate:
Kentucky (coming soon)
Ohio

Frankly, I'm astonished. The rate of autism has been suggested to be as high as 1 in 150 kids, but even if that number is a little too high, that's still a staggering number of people affected with autism in their lives... you can find specialty plates for everything from ballooning to MS to preserving specific bodies of water. Only seven states currently offer autism awareness plates?! Really?? What an easy way for a state to fund autism programs - a voluntary donation in the form of a specialty plate. If you think there should be plates in your state, contact the DMV (and tell your friends and family to do the same) and suggest it, contact your state legislators and tell them why there should be autism awareness plates. 

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