The Irondequoit Town Board has declared the town an Autism Friendly Community.
The designation is given to municipalities that increase awareness and support for people with autism and train and educate town staff to better serve residents who are on the spectrum.

The process of becoming Autism Friendly starts when a town shows interest. The executive director of the Autism Council of Rochester, Lawana Jones, said it’s a big step to take. 

“It is more than just a designation of saying that you’re autism-friendly, it’s the level of commitment that people are actually looking to be involved in,” she said.

The Autism Council meets with town officials and goes through a checklist which has eight pillars the town is scored on. Some of these include community partnership, communication, and safety. A town’s score shows where it stands with being inclusive in the community- which Jones said Irondequoit has been working on for some time.

Town supervisor David Seely said it was time to make it official.

“I think it’s important for Irondequoit to have that designation that people know we’re outwardly working to make sure we are an inclusive community- one where all residents are treated equally,” Seely said.

Irondequoit Town Hall will also be illuminated in blue for the remainder of April for National Autism Awareness Month.