McGarrigle Bill Allowing Disability License Plates for Parents of Disabled Adults Signed into Law

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) allowing parents or guardians with adult children in their care to receive disability license plates was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf today.

Act 55 of 2016 provides access to vehicle disability license plates to parents, including adoptive parents or foster parents, of adult children in their care who qualify for a disability license plate.

Senator McGarrigle’s office worked with a mother in his district seeking a disability license plate for her vehicle as she is the primary caretaker for her adult son. Her son is 21 and lives with blindness, autism and cerebral palsy. Because her son is an adult, PennDOT refused to provide the disability plate.

“Parents of adult children living with disabilities face incredible challenges, and we don’t want state law to add to those difficulties,” said McGarrigle. “This measure honors the intention of the law behind disability plates, while ensuring it reflects the real-world conditions of families who rely on such designation. We want to help citizens with disabilities live as independently as possible, and parental access to these plates will support that goal.”

On hand for the ceremony was Clifton Heights resident Kathleen Perry and her adult daughter Erin, who will benefit from the new law. Also participating were Colleen Shepherd and Eileen MacDonald of The Arc of Delaware County and Marian Saulino and Cecile Charlton of Values Into Action.

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