First Responders Recognition and Response to Autism Training

On a daily basis, police officers, fire fighters and other first responders encounter a multitude of individuals in emergency situations. Just as each emergency differs from the next, so does the individual involved, especially in regards to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In response to community concerns, the Tucson Alliance for Autism is offering training for both First Responders and Teens/Young Adults with ASD.

First Responders Training- First responders will learn how to recognize and interact with people with ASD and how to balance their own safety needs with that of the individual with ASD. This training will outline some verbal and nonverbal strategies first responders can use when interacting with a person with ASD and other cognitive delays. In addition, it will provide medical and physical precautions recommended for use during physical stabilization, medical emergency or arrest.

When:   Thursday, March 27, 9am – 12 noon
Where:  Alice Vail Middle School, 5350 E. 16th St.
Registration Limited

Promoting Safe Interactions with the Police-This training is geared toward teens and young adults with ASD, along with their parents, caregivers and teachers. This training includes viewing scenes from the educational film “BE SAFE”, a video modeling tool that teaches safe behaviors when interacting with police, fire and other first responders in a variety of situations.

When:  Thursday March 27, 6 – 8:30pm
Where:  Alice Vail Middle School, 5350 E. 16th St.
Registration Limited

To register or more information, please contact the Tucson Alliance for Autism 520-319-5857March 13, 2014