Pam Mines is a true advocate. She initiated "JP's Law" in Virginia in 2013. There was a meeting with Congressman Donald McEachin (at the time he was a state senator), then a meeting with municipals in September and a press conference in January. By March it had passed through the Virginia house of delegates and the senate UNANIMOUSLY (because autism and special needs is a bipartisan issue). On July 1, 2014 "JP's Law" became effective in the state of Virginia. Pam's goal is to make "JP's Law" a national law. In August 2018, she met with the DC DMV to ask them to adopt this law. In March 2019, the DC DMV announced that they would launch "JP's Law" in the District of Columbia by April 1, 2019.
"JP’s Law" allows individuals to VOLUNTARILY add an innocuous code to their Virginia issued driver's licenses and/or identification card noting they have Autism or an Intellectual Disability. This will help law enforcement become aware of an individual's diagnosis so they can better respond to their unique abilities and limitations avoiding heartbreaking tragedies. As of April 16, 2018, there are 1,169 individuals who have a "JP's Law" ID or Driver's License. Pam has been training law enforcement in Virginia on the behaviors and responses of those with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Pam did this to be proactive not reactive, she did it in honor of her son, not in memory of him. She firmly believes that tragedy should not dictate the urgency of necessary change, the prevention of tragedy does. Pam's desire is to make "JP's Law" a National Law across the country so that we have ONE code, ONE training, ONE LAW!!
The above article on "JP's Law" was published in Urban Views Weekly on March 13, 2019 and can be found on-lineHERE.Or click on the image to download the full article.
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Pam is a Philanthropist and all about giving back to the community as a whole. To fulfill this desire, in 2013 Pam started her own foundation. Click HERE to find out more about the JP JumPers Foundation.