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Molinaro Calls For Passage of Legislative Package Aimed at Breaking Down Barriers for Those With Disabilities

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On Wednesday, February 21st, Congressman Marc Molinaro (NY-19) held a press conference urging the passage of a legislative package that is aimed at breaking down barriers for those with disabilities. The event was built on Molinaro’s Think Differently initiative, which was created in 2015 to break down barriers for those with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.


During the event on Wednesday, Molinaro and the Think Differently Advisory Committee held a panel discussion to discuss the Think Differently initiative. The event also included visits to various organizations.

“Today was a call to action. As the father of four children, one of whom lives on the Autism spectrum, I know we can do better. We can remove barriers in society to create a society that recognizes, includes, and celebrates every person of every ability. My Think DIFFERENTLY Legislative Package is a great place to start. It makes key areas in society like education, farming, and transportation more inclusive, and takes important steps to create communities that embrace the unique strengths and contributions of every person.” Molinaro said.

Details on Molinaro’s Think Differently legislative package may be seen below:

  • The Think DIFFERENTLY Transportation Act, a bipartisan bill that forces Amtrak to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • The Think DIFFERENTLY About Emergencies Act, a bipartisan bill that ensures individuals with disabilities and their families have access to resources to safely recover after a natural disaster strikes.
  • The Down Syndrome Diagnosis Act, a bipartisan bill that helps parents and families navigate a new Down Syndrome diagnosis and ensure their child receives high quality care.
  • The Think DIFFERENTLY About Education Act, a bipartisan bill that helps parents of children with disabilities advocate for the resources their child needs to succeed in school.
  • The Think DIFFERENTLY Agriculture Accessibility Act, a bipartisan bill that breaks down barriers for farmers and farm families with disabilities.
  • The Think DIFFERENTLY About Emergencies Act, a bipartisan bill that ensures individuals with disabilities and their families have access to resources to safely recover after a natural disaster strikes.
  • The Autism Family Caregivers Act, a bipartisan bill that provides caregiver skills to families who care for children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • The Think DIFFERENTLY Database Act, a bipartisan bill that creates a comprehensive and easy-to-access website with support services and resources for individuals with disabilities.

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