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Aug
28

Autism Emergency Preparedness

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Designed for families, caregivers, individuals, and first responders affected by autism, AuSM's Emergency Preparedness kits are designed to help prepare for and create positive outcomes in emergency situations. Each section provides tools for being prepared, as well as information on organizing an autism training in your community.

Click here to view AuSM's Autism Emergency Preparedness Brochure.


 

Family, Caregiver, and Individuals with Autism Emergency Preparedness

boywithfirefighterwebDesigned for individuals with ASD and their families and caregivers, this kit provides tools and resources to plan, prepare and effectively handle emergency situations. Click here to learn more.

 

First Responder Emergency Preparedness

inside-the-truck1webDesigned for first responders, 911 dispatchers, EMT's, hospital personnel, law enforcement, fire fighters, service providers, legal professionals and community leaders, this kit includes tools and resources for professionals who encounter individuals with ASD. Click here to learn more.

 


Initial funding and support for AuSM's Emergency Preparedness programming was provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Division under Interagency Agreement with the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities and in collaboration with AuSM.

Aug
05

Family, Caregiver, and Individuals with Autism Emergency Preparedness

boywithfirefighterwebAll families, caregivers, and individuals with autism need to be prepared for emergencies, including fire, severe weather, injury, or encounters with first responders or law enforcement professionals. The following tools are designed to give you strategies for possible emergency scenarios and tips on achieving successful outcomes.

AuSM provides Emergency Preparedness training to families, organizations, communities, and other professionals. To set up an AuSM autism training, please contact AuSM's education department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651.647.1083.

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
A quick and basic guide for families, caregivers, and individuals with autism. Click here to access the document.

Six Actions to Prepare
This two-page action card makes it easy to teach the six essential actions families, caregivers, and individuals with autism need to prepare for emergencies. Display it in your home as a visual reminder of your plan. Click here to access the document.

5ptscaleAutism 5-Point Scale Emergency App
The Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app is free and downloadable through the iTunes store for iPods and iPads. This app helps individuals with ASD communicate with family, caregivers, first responders and other personnel in emergency situations. Click here to download the Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app from the iTunes store.

The Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app also is available for Android devices. Click on the following links to access the app for your Android devices.

Google Play for Phone and Tablet
Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire and Fire Phone


What Can The Police Do? Advice For Parents Dealing With Law Enforcement

By Jason Schellack, Esq
Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC

Many parents call law enforcement for assistance with an escalating situation at home and are unpleasantly surprised by the outcome. Law enforcement officers have broad authority when it comes to interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and investigating crimes.

If the police arrive at your house, they are almost certainly audio recording any conversations they have with you and others present. They police do not have to ask for your permission to record a conversation. They also do not have to notify you that they are recording the conversation. Any conversation you or a family member have with the police can make you a potential witness in a criminal case.  

The police also have much discretion when it comes to charging individuals with crimes. Many people mistakenly believe that it is up to a crime victim to decide whether to “press charges.” This is not true.  The police decide whether to charge someone with a crime, even if the victim does not want the matter to go to court. If you have talked to the police, you may be subpoenaed to testify in court. If subpoenaed, you will have to testify, whether you agree with the charges or not.

Sometimes calling law enforcement is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family.  It is important to understand, however, that by seeking assistance from law enforcement, you may set into motion a process over which you have little control.

Aug
05

First Responder Emergency Preparedness

inside-the-truck1webWith a steadily increasing diagnosis rate, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in Minnesota. Because of this high prevalence, it is likely you will encounter someone affected by autism in your work as a first responder, in the criminal justice system, in public safety and security, as part of the medical community, and beyond.

This page includes resources to assist your encounters with individuals with autism.

Training
AuSM offers customized, scenario-focused training that includes understanding, planning and teaching steps to effectively handle emergency situations. The class includes two hours of engaging instruction, plus information about emergency preparedness resources available to those in Minnesota. We encourage local emergency responders and staff to seek training to ensure positive outcomes in emergency situations involving individuals with autism and many other similar special needs. 

Topics Covered: A general introduction to autism; characteristics of autism as manifested in children, teenagers and adults; how to interpret the behavior of those on the spectrum; anticipated behavior of those with autism in emergency situations; suggested strategies for the communication and behavior management of those with autism in possible emergency response situations. 

Who Should Participate: police officers, firemen, EMTs, paramedics, security workers, ER and trauma workers, crisis team members, social workers, correctional officers, school safety officers, students of CLC in relevant areas of study.

Continuing Education: The training is POST qualified, which means that police officers can use the training for continuing education. Proof of attendance can be provided to those who require CEUs in another field. 

To learn more or to set up an AuSM autism training, please contact AuSM's education department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651.647.1083.

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
A quick and basic guide for families, caregivers, and individuals with autism. Click here to access the document.

5ptscaleAutism 5-Point Scale Emergency App
Get familiar with the Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency App - Autism Help - for children and adults with autism. It may be presented to you when you arrive on the scene. The Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app is free and downloadable through the iTunes store for iPods and iPads. Click here to download the Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app from the iTunes store.

The Autism 5-Point Scale Emergency app also is available for Android devices. Click on the following links to access the app for your Android devices.

Google Play for Phone and Tablet
Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire and Fire Phone

Six Actions to Prepare
Six basic steps that an emergency responder can take to prepare for interacting with individuals on the spectrum. Click here to access the document.

Autism Society of America
Access ASA's information sheet for law enforcement and other first responders.


Educating about Autism and Emergency Preparedness

MNPolicewebA 19-year-old with autism escapes from an anxiety-filled family situation by running out into a stormy August night. The police get involved, and as the scene unfolds, they discover that emergencies involving individuals with autism require a different kind of care. To read this story published in Minnesota Police Chief Magazine, click here.



Woodbury Police Officer appreciates autism training

woodburybadgeI just wanted to express my appreciation for your agency’s involvement in autism awareness and commitment to public education. I had the opportunity recently to attend a presentation by Paramedic Ernie Roettger on the topic of autism awareness and emergency management. I have had the pleasure of working directly with Ernie and am well aware of his ability focus his presentation to his audience.  Ernie is a dynamic presenter and has an innate ability to bring personal experience to the presentation that solidifies his message. 

I have been approached by numerous officers, some with decades of law enforcement experience, that after having attended the presentation that spoke highly of Ernie’s presentation. In the past, our education on the topic has been limited to video presentations which are dry and do not convey the personal impact that Ernie does.

Please feel free to share WPD’s appreciation for the work Ernie does for HCMC EMS and awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Sincerely,

Scott McCafferty, Police Officer - Paramedic
City of Woodbury Public Safety