PATERSON, NJ- When Councilwoman-at-Large Dr. Lilisa Mimms was informed of concerns regarding the safety of autistic students crossing streets at and around Public School 30 she decided to take action.

On Wednesday, members of the city’s Department of Public Works installed special street signs warning drivers to be aware that there are several children with the disorder in the area.

Earlier this year when a similar effort was undertaken around the perimeter of School Number 2 principal Felisa Van Liew described to TAPinto Paterson that children with Autism are sometimes “runners” and the signs could serve to alert passersby if they see a child on their own outside of the school building. Her hope, Van Liew shared, is that drivers and others will simply “be aware.”

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“Actions speak louder than words,” Mimms said of her effort. “All of our children deserve a safe learning environment, inside and outside of the school building.”

“The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority, even when they are walking to and from the school building,” Superintendent Eileen Shafer said. “We are grateful to Councilwoman Mimms for her efforts to help make sure everyone is safer around our school.”