Trainings for Emergency Responders

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reviewing products related to elopement and resources for families. Bolting, running, elopement, and wandering are one of the most challenging behaviors for families, in my experience. They cause a high level of stress in the home and in the community settings and may lead to injury, or even death, for an individual.

In reviewing the article on William LaFever and his experiences in Utah, one thing that jumps off the page is that search and rescue professionals were trained to work with individuals with autism. Ray Gardner shared that he never thought he would use the training, but it was offered. In so many communities, that’s half the battle.

A child with autism, or an adult for that matter, may not respond in the expected way to almost any emergency. Fire departments, police departments, and emergency responders should have access to quality training on autism.

Below is a list of trainings and information that I was able to locate for emergency responders and other safety officials. Please feel free to pass along those resources available in your own communities.

First Responders (Fire, Police, Search Teams, Rescue)


9-1-1 Call Centers


Other resources are available from the Autism Safety Project, an initiative by Autism Speaks.

Category(s): Communication, Independence

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