**PHOTO ADVISORY** Barrett welcomes autism advocate to Capitol for 2020 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, welcomed Xavier DeGroat of Delta Township and his father Freddie DeGroat to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday night as his guests for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2020 State of the State address.

DeGroat is the founder of the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation and was diagnosed with autism at age 4. He worked with Barrett on Senate passage of Senate Bill 278, which would help bridge the communications gap between law enforcement and people on the autism spectrum.

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