The Honorable Roy McDonald represents the 43rd District in the New York State Senate, which encompasses all of Rensselaer County and part of Saratoga County in New York. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2002 and has served in the State Senate since 2008. His two grandsons, Jacob and David, have autism. Roy McDonald is an Autism Light because of his efforts in New York State Government to be a champion for autism awareness.
Here is a YouTube video where Sen. McDonald gives a speech at the New York State Senate on Autism.
Sen. Roy McDonald is the chair of the Mental Health Committee in the New York State Senate and he has been calling for for an Autism Bill of Rights, a Statewide Autism Council and Autism Insurance Legislation in New York. He also created the Saratoga County Autism Council. According to his website, he sponsored legislation “to guarantee that informational booklets would be given to emergency first responders on persons with autism, so that they would be more adequately prepared to react in those situations.”
Here is a YouTube video featuring one of Roy McDonald’s past campaign messages on autism.
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Thanks to Roy McDonald for being an Autism Light in the State of New York government.
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