Last Updated: Fri Aug 1 2014 12:16 PM
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.
Recommended autism awareness references for first responder personnel include:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email me at ExecutiveDirector@POAC-NoVA.org.
Recommended autism awareness web sites for first responder personnel include:
- Campbell, S. "Autism Awareness: A Patroller's Guide." Ski Patrol Magazine, Winter 2005: page 36. Full Article.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gammicchia, C. and D. Debbaudt. “Safety for Persons with Autism.” Autism Society of America Advocate, 2nd Edition 2003: 5. Full Article.
- 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 safety web sites for parents include:
- Autism Risk & Safety web page by Dennis Debbaudt at http://www.autismriskmanagement.com/.
- Autism Society of America info for first responders at http://www.autism-society.org/files/2014/04/Law_Enforcement_and_Other_First_Responders.pdf
- 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
- Debbaudt, D. “Avoiding Unfortunate Situations” information articles at http://www.inlv.demon.nl/avunsi
- Debbaudt, D. "Avoiding Unfortunate Situations: Autism & Law Enforcement Handouts" - PDF Format: Debbaudt AUS Handout.pdf & Word Format: Debbaudt AUS Handout.doc.
- 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
- Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices “Autism Safety Techniques: Assessing and Approaching Individuals With Autism” Information Sheet at http://www.hasselbrink.com/autsafety.html
- Law Enforcement Awareness Network (L.E.A.N.) On Us web page at http://www.leanonus.org/pages/1/index.htm
- 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
- Proffitt, N. “Autism and Law Enforcement: Avoiding Unfortunate Situations” information articles at http://www.autismva.org/avoiding_unfortunate_situations.htm
- Project Lifesaver International web page at http://www.projectlifesaver.org
- "Silent No More" Communication Boards information web page at http://www.dol.net/~srz/
Recommended web sites for autism awareness and safety info sheets, ID cards, decals and magnets include:
- 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.
- 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
- Autism Society of America. “Safety in the Home” information article at http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=livingsafety
- Beattie Center for Children with Autism. “Emergency Situations” information article at http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/autistic/Emergency%20Situations/Stories/emergency_situations.htm
- 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.
- 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=
- Gammicchia, C. “Victimization & Abuse of Persons with Autism” information article. Full Article.
- 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
- Tilton, A. “Autism Proof Your Home- Making A Secure Environment” information article at http://autism.about.com/cs/familyissues/a/safety.htm
- Tilton, A. “Child Abduction and Autism- The Unique Problems of ASD” information article at http://autism.about.com/cs/hiddenproblems/l/blabduction.htm.
- Tilton, F. “Fire Safety for Autistic Children” information article at http://autism.about.com/cs/parentstrategies/a/firesafety.htm.
- 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 disaster preparedness web sites for parents of special needs kids include:
- http://www.asaphilly.org/ sells emergency alert decals.
- http://www.autismlink.com/store/ sells “child with autism” cards.
- http://www.autism-society.org/site/Ecommerce?CAMPAIGN_ID=1922 has an assortment of autism awareness and safety/ ID cards, decals and magnets.
- http://www.autismva.org/ to buy autism awareness window cling, please contact Didi Zaryczny at email@example.com.
- http://www.buttonsandmore.com/ sells a large number of autism awareness and safety/ ID cards, decals and magnets.
- Dennis Debbaudt’s 911 Handout - PDF Format & Word Format -- Sample Handout for Ian Campbell - PDF Format & Word Format.
- Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices. “Basic Information About Autism To Carry In The Pocket” Pocket Slip - Word Format.
- Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices. “Contact and Emergency Information To Be Carried In The Pocket” Pocket Slip - Word Format.
- Gerald Hasselbrink Law Offices. “Information for Neighbors” Pocket Slip - Word Format.
- 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.
- Medic Alert sells bracelet and medallions at http://www.medicalert.org/.
- Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA) personal autism safety cards - PDF Format and Rich-Text Format.
- 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.
- 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.
- Autism Risk & Safety - Are You Prepared for an Autism Emergency? by Dennis Debbaudt.
- Disaster Tips from the Autism Society of America.
- 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.
- Disaster Preparedness For People With Disabilities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Be Ready, Make A Plan from the communities of the National Capital Region.
- The National Center on Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities.
- 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 .
- Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities from the American Red Cross.
- Ready.gov from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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