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Helping all Texas families


In November, Americans celebrate National Family Week, and around these parts, it would be hard to top what Stone Oak mother Jennifer Allen accomplished for her loved ones.

Her tireless work on behalf of those with communication disorders benefits not just her own child but families across Texas.

Allen successfully pushed for legislation to keep routine traffic stops from turning tragic due to miscommunication when police encounter those with autism, deafness and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Named for her son Samuel “Sam” Allen, a person with Asperger’s syndrome on the autism spectrum, the new law allows Texas motorists with conversational difficulties to have their licenses coded, thereby informing officers before approaching the vehicle.

The Department of Public Safety, the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, law-enforcement agencies and even Police Chief William McManus all praise the measure.

As we remember the unifying power of families at holiday time, let’s give a tip of the hat to Jennifer Allen, who went above and beyond to ensure not only her son’s safety, but also so many more.


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