Emergency

ALEC (Autism and Law Enforcement Training Coalition) - Massachusetts based program that provides training to First Responders so that they are able to recognize situations involving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).   Curriculum information for emergency professionals are available at the site-- these include free pdf handouts covering "Autism and Police Officers" (Basic Information, Identifying an Individual with Autism, and Working with an Individual with Autism) and "Autism 101 for Fire and Rescue Personnel".

Autism Risk Management - Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community.  Free downloadable documents on the site including:  Disaster Preparedness; Autism Emergency Contact Form; Building Life Skills for Persons With Autism;  Law Enforcement, First Response and Criminal Justice System.  Training videos and on-site training by Dennis Debbaudt, leading global voice on autism training for law enforcement and emergency responders are also available.

Law Enforcement Awareness Network (L.E.A.N on Us Program) - Provides first responders with information and resources that will better allow them to serve their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness. Free resources available for download including: Autism Society of America information booklets for advocates, attorneys, judges, child abuse counselors, domestic violence and assault counselors, law enforcement and first responders, paramedics, social workers and counselors; Autism Specific First Responder Pocket Cards; Safety ID card templates for children and adults.

Autism Speaks - Autism Safety Project - Includes a wealth of information resources for families and professionals including 911 Centers, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMS, Hospital Emergency Staff, and Search and Rescue.

Autism Society of America: Safe and Sound Program
- Includes Tips for First Responders, information on serving victims of crimes and information about the "Take Me Home" program.  The "Take Me Home" program is a database developed by the Pensacola Police Department for people who may need special assistance if they are alone or in times of emergency. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders. The system includes a current digital picture, demographic information and caregiver contacts. If a person in the Take Me Home system is encountered by a police officer, the officer can query the Take Me Home system, searching by name or by the person’s physical description. Once the individual’s Take Me Home record has been located the officer has the information at hand to appropriately assist the person. Take Me Home is voluntary for citizens that participate, and all information is kept confidential.  There is no charge to police departments for the program and there is no enrollment fee. However, there is a responsibility and commitment to keep the system updated and current.


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