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Autism Awareness & Home Safety

Last Updated: Fri Aug 1 2014 12:16 PM

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Autism Awareness References for First Responders

Autism Awareness Web Sites for First Responders

Autism Awareness Web Sites for Parents

Web Sites for Autism Awareness Info Sheets, ID Cards, Decals & More

Web Sites for Disaster Preparedness

Introduction from Scott Campbell, Executive Director of Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA):

As the parent of a nonverbal child with autism, I am deeply concerned about the safety issues for these children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have begun autism awareness training programs for first responder personnel in the local area, based on my 15 years of experience as a National Ski Patrol instructor and 24 years as an active duty Army officer.

If you have any questions at all about the resources listed below or want to schedule an autism awareness training session, please contact me at any time at home (703 241-2640) or at the office at (703 681-9426). My office email address is scott.alan.campbell@atec.army.mil or email me at ExecutiveDirector@POAC-NoVA.org.
Recommended autism awareness references for first responder personnel include:
  1. Campbell, S. "Autism Awareness: A Patroller's Guide." Ski Patrol Magazine, Winter 2005: page 36. Full Article.

  2. Curry K., M. Posluszny, S. Kraska. Training Criminal Justice Personnel to Recognize Offenders with Disabilities. Washington, D.C.: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services News in Print, 1993.

  3. Davis, B. and W. Goldband Schunick. Dangerous Encounters- Avoiding Perilous Situations with Autism, A Streetwise Guide for All Emergency First Responders, Retailers and Parents. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002.

  4. Debbaudt, D. Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders. London and-Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002.

  5. Gammicchia, C. and D. Debbaudt. “Safety for Persons with Autism.” Autism Society of America Advocate, 2nd Edition 2003: 5. Full Article.

  6. Olejnik, L. “Understanding Autism: How to Appropriately & Safely Approach, Assess & Manage Autistic Patients.” Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) 29, no. 6 (June 2004): 56. Full Article.

Recommended autism awareness web sites for first responder personnel include:
  1. Autism Risk & Safety web page by Dennis Debbaudt at http://www.autismriskmanagement.com/.

  2. Autism Society of America info for first responders at http://www.autism-society.org/files/2014/04/Law_Enforcement_and_Other_First_Responders.pdf .

  3. Davis, B. “Autism and Emergency Responders – What you need to know” in Fire International at http://www.district.langford.bc.ca/fire/Articles/Autism.htm .

  4. Debbaudt, D. “Avoiding Unfortunate Situations” information articles at http://www.inlv.demon.nl/avunsi and http://policeandautism.cjb.net/ .

  5. Debbaudt, D. "Avoiding Unfortunate Situations: Autism & Law Enforcement Handouts" - PDF Format: Debbaudt AUS Handout.pdf & Word Format: Debbaudt AUS Handout.doc.

  6. Debbaudt, D. and D. Rothman. “Contact with Individuals with Autism” in The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, April 2001 at http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2194/is_4_70/ai_75959751 .

  7. Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices “Autism Safety Techniques: Assessing and Approaching Individuals With Autism” Information Sheet at http://www.hasselbrink.com/autsafety.html .

  8. Law Enforcement Awareness Network (L.E.A.N.) On Us web page at http://www.leanonus.org/pages/1/index.htm .

  9. North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System “Your Next Patient Has Autism” brochures at http://www.northshorelij.com/workfiles/autism/YourNextPatient.pdf . Brochure ordering information at http://www.nslij.com/nonav.cfm?id=2796&oTopID=2796&PLinkID=159 .

  10. Proffitt, N. “Autism and Law Enforcement: Avoiding Unfortunate Situations” information articles at http://www.autismva.org/avoiding_unfortunate_situations.htm .

  11. Project Lifesaver International web page at http://www.projectlifesaver.org .

  12. "Silent No More" Communication Boards information web page at http://www.dol.net/~srz/ .

Recommended autism safety web sites for parents include:

  1. A Maine Family's Early Intervention Program for Autism – PDD. “Electrical Safety & Traffic Safety” social story boards at http://www.johnbald.net/goplay/safety.htm.

  2. Adams, C. “Autism and Safety - How to Be Prepared” information article at Talk About Curing Autism web page at http://www.tacanow.com/autismsafety.htm .

  3. Autism Society of America. “Safety in the Home” information article at http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=livingsafety .

  4. Beattie Center for Children with Autism. “Emergency Situations” information article at http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Emergency%20Situations/Stories/emergency_situations.htm .

  5. Council for Exceptional Children web page explains details of the “Safe Life: A Personal Safety, Abuse Prevention, and Reporting Training for Students with Developmental Disabilities” program.

  6. Debbaudt, D. “Autism & Airport Travel Safety Tips- A Guide for Parents and Carers” information article at http://www.sath.org/?section=Travel%20Tips%20and%20Access%20Information&id=2371&skip= .

  7. Gammicchia, C. “Victimization & Abuse of Persons with Autism” information article. Full Article.

  8. South Carolina Autism Society. “Protecting the Child or Adult with Autism Information for Parents and Other Caregivers:” information article at http://www.scautism.org/protect.html .

  9. Tilton, A. “Autism Proof Your Home- Making A Secure Environment” information article at http://autism.about.com/cs/familyissues/a/safety.htm .

  10. Tilton, A. “Child Abduction and Autism- The Unique Problems of ASD” information article at http://autism.about.com/cs/hiddenproblems/l/blabduction.htm.

  11. Tilton, F. “Fire Safety for Autistic Children” information article at http://autism.about.com/cs/parentstrategies/a/firesafety.htm.

  12. Transportation Security Administration guidance for persons with disabilities & medical conditions is at http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1572.xml. It lists what parents or guardians of children with disabilities should do to ease the security screening process.

Recommended web sites for autism awareness and safety info sheets, ID cards, decals and magnets include:

  1. http://www.asaphilly.org/ sells emergency alert decals.

  2. http://www.autismlink.com/store/ sells “child with autism” cards.

  3. http://www.autism-society.org/site/Ecommerce?CAMPAIGN_ID=1922 has an assortment of autism awareness and safety/ ID cards, decals and magnets.

  4. http://www.autismva.org/ to buy autism awareness window cling, please contact Didi Zaryczny at dzaryczny947@cs.com.

  5. http://www.buttonsandmore.com/ sells a large number of autism awareness and safety/ ID cards, decals and magnets.

  6. Dennis Debbaudt’s 911 Handout - PDF Format & Word Format -- Sample Handout for Ian Campbell - PDF Format & Word Format.

  7. Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices. “Basic Information About Autism To Carry In The Pocket” Pocket Slip - Word Format.

  8. Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices. “Contact and Emergency Information To Be Carried In The Pocket” Pocket Slip - Word Format.

  9. Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices. “Information for Neighbors” Pocket Slip - Word Format.

  10. Law Enforcement Awareness Network (L.E.A.N.) On Us personal autism safety cards for children and for adults. Also, emergency alert window cling decal and I.D. safety cards are available for purchase.

  11. Medic Alert sells bracelet and medallions at http://www.medicalert.org/.

  12. Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA) personal autism safety cards - PDF Format and Rich-Text Format.

  13. http://www.stitches4autism.com/ sells autism awareness youth-size bracelets. They feature the colors of the jig-saw puzzle piece ribbon in 3-D with in large white words “I HAVE AUTISM” in the center. You can write his/her name on the reverse side or tape on a label.

  14. http://www.unlockingautism.org/ sells autism awareness stickers too, but they are made of paper and do not last very well when exposed to rain or other bad weather.

Recommended disaster preparedness web sites for parents of special needs kids include:

  1. Autism Risk & Safety - Are You Prepared for an Autism Emergency? by Dennis Debbaudt.

  2. Disaster Tips from the Autism Society of America.

  3. http://www.cdihp.org/links.html#disaster and http://www.cdihp.org/products.html#evac_guide from the Center for Disability Issues in the Health Professions and June Isaacson Kailes has a large list of resources in English and Spanish.

  4. Disaster Preparedness For People With Disabilities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  5. Be Ready, Make A Plan from the communities of the National Capital Region.

  6. The National Center on Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities.

  7. The National Organization on Disability has an excellent pamphlet available called “Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities” as well as pamphlets for information for specific disabilities including Mobility, Sensory & Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities .

  8. Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities from the American Red Cross.

  9. Ready.gov from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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