Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation
IN THE PRESS
Designation for those with Communication Impediments
The implementation of the designation was announced by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Monday in Mason alongside Xavier DeGroat, an autism advocate whose own experience about five years ago during a traffic stop helped spur the legislation. DeGroat had an anxiety attack as a result of the interaction, he said.
"I didn't know how to react properly to the officer that didn't properly come near me with sensory-friendly interaction," said DeGroat, who founded the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation.
- The Detroit News, 2021
Autism Awareness Month, 2021
Earlier this week, he [Degroat] held a ceremony at the Capitol with the Lansing Police Department celebrating the passage of a law that allows drivers with autism to include their condition as part of their driving record. The law, which goes into effect in July, requires officers to make special accommodations for autistic drivers. DeGroat said this will help prevent routine traffic stops from going awry. DeGroat also appeared on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s television show this month, and his foundation still has several other plans for the rest of April.
- Lansing City Pulse, 2021
Autism Advocate Spearheads Awareness Training for the TSA in Air Travel
In Michigan, people with autism can get a Communication Impediment designation on their license, essentially saying officers should understand that the person they're talking to should be talked to and handled accordingly. DeGroat didn't stop there. His next initiative is taking off. Literally. He's now taken his sights to the federal level and because of his advocacy, the Transportation Security Administration will handle people with autism with the same considerations.
Fox 2 Detroit, 2021
Xavier Helps Advance Screening for those with Disabilities
In December 2020, Congressman Dan Kildee, along with 11 Members of Congress, sent a letter urging the TSA to require training to ensure that their agents can recognize and incorporate “communication impediment designations” on state identification cards into travel screening procedures.
- NBC 25 News, 2021
Advocating for Legal Change in Washington D.C.
Senator Barrett will be visiting Xavier DeGroat on November 13th at the White House for a special tour and meet with leaders in Washington D.C. As Xavier has been advocating for legal change in federal government to provide better services to those with autism through the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI - CEO Xavier DeGroat has been relentless since he took his initiative which recently passed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.
- Fox 47 News, 2020
Michigan Autism Activist Goes to D.C.
DeGroat said he looks for ways to find common ground, rather than straying into unwinnable areas such as by talking about the border wall. He learned, for example, that he and Trump both enjoy a good burger.
- Bridge MI, 2020
Xavier DeGroat Labelled a Hero by Mike Huckabee
On July 17th local autism advocate Xavier DeGroat will be on the national TV show - HUCKABEE as one of what its host Governor Mike Huckabee calls “Huck’s Hero” for his national autism advocacy.
Xavier DeGroat meets Vice President Mike Pence
'During Autism Awareness Month, the 8th District Republican joined Lansing resident and autism advocate, Xavier DeGroat at the White House for a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. DeGroat is the founder and CEO of the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation, a 501c3 organization established to support individuals living with autism'
- WHMI 93.5 Local News, 2018
Xavier DeGroat is named 2018 Delta Township Citizen of the Year
"Xavier DeGroat is an exceptional individual whose own struggles have inspired him to find a way to aid those in similar situations… through it all, he has managed to overcome the social obstacles to become a global advocate for those with autism... The long and difficult path Xavier traveled to bring this information to others inspired him to truly make a difference."
- Delta Township, 2018