The legislation creates a new optional identification card that can be given to law enforcement officials and first responders in an emergency.

Senator Pam Helming announced Thursday that the New York State Senate has passed a bill to help improve communication with those who have developmental disabilities.

The legislation creates a new optional identification card that can be given to law enforcement officials and first responders in an emergency.

The card would convey important details about the individual's developmental disabilities as well as contact information.

By creating one standardized card, individuals who choose to obtain such a card will have a new tool at their disposal when interacting with law enforcement or first responders," said Senator Helming. "It will make others aware of certain behaviors the individual has or may be lacking that might make it seem as if the individual is intentionally refusing to cooperate."

The bill has already passed the Assembly and will be sent to the Governor for review.