A letter from Autism Speaks President Liz Feld to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson
July 11, 2014
Autism Speaks President Liz Feld wrote to Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, N.Y., in response to the Mayor's post on his website entitled "Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community & Conscience." You can read his post here.
As an advocacy organization that has spent many years raising awareness about the needs of the autism community, we are deeply grateful for your leadership on an issue that is so important to us.
Regrettably, there is still discrimination against many in the disability community, from being denied insurance coverage to barriers to employment, housing, and access to services. The current controversy in New Rochelle surrounding a proposed home for adults living with autism is playing out in communities all across the country. As a Mayor, your decision to stand up for the basic rights and needs of the disability community sends a powerful message to elected officials in towns and villages everywhere. Even more importantly, it sets an example for residents everywhere that we need to live with open hearts and open minds. As a former Mayor - and neighbor of yours - I appreciate the pressure you were under in that room. Your courage to step forward after that is so commendable.
On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities in need of housing in this country, thank you for your leadership. Nothing means more than hearing your message, 'You are Welcome Here.'
President, Autism Speaks