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Irondequoit police use new tool to work with people on the autism spectrum

Helping Police Understand the Autistic
By Tina Kelley

Rochester NY Autism & Law Enforcement Training Session

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Florida Bill Report featuring Dennis & Brad Debbaudt

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New Jersey Autism & Law Enforcement

New Jersey Officials Attend Autism & Law Enforcement Training Session

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Downloadable Resources

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin: Contact with People with Autism

IEP – Individualized Education Plan

Building Life Skills for Persons with Autism

Juvenile Justice Professionals Briefing

Law Enforcement, First Response and Criminal Justice Professionals

Autism Advocacy Organizations

Media & Advertising

Disaster Preparedness

Autism & the Criminal Justice System

Autism & Using a Public Restroom

Plan Your Response for an Autism Emergency!
English | Spanish | French

Autism Emergency Contact Form

Are You Prepared for an Autism Emergency? Early version translations:
Arabic | Mandarin Chinese | Creole | Japanese | Spanish

Autism & Law Enforcement – conference session handout

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Autism Links

A Child Is Missing

MISSION: ACIM is devoted to assisting law enforcement in the search and early safe recovery efforts of children / the elderly (often with Alzheimer’s) / disabled persons and college students via a rapid-response neighborhood alert program utilizing high-tech telephony systems.

For more information:

If I Need Help–Scan Codes

This non-profit creates secured scan codes for mobile devices to help children and adults who may wander into danger or need assistance. 21st Century technology readily available to families, police and public safety professionals.

Phone (U.S.): 661-524-6732

MediPal Emergency Seatbelt ID

Alert EMTs and public safety responders with this easy-to-see seatbelt attachment. More Information is easy to find, too:

Non Permanent ID Tattoos

Tattoos With A Purpose is an outlet for those who are looking for options to address personal ID for people who cannot speak for themselves. Tattoos With A Purpose will personalize, design and take orders large and small for non permanent tattooos. Bulk purchase discounts are also offered.

For more information:


Pennsylvania Premise Alert – Communication Boards

communication-boardVarious communication barriers make it difficult or even impossible for many individuals to ask for help. Police officers, EMTs, and other emergency professionals are often placed in the difficult position of having to gather information from these people.

Our nonverbal communication boards assist professionals and people who cannot make their circumstances clear due to that they speak another language or have a medical condition such as autism, Alzheimer’s syndrome, stroke, traumatic brain injury, unfamiliar or impaired speech, or other difficulties.

These full color icons are easily understood. Text is in English and Spanish. The format is used internationally in special education programs for most ages and functional levels.

SPEAK Unlimited Inc.
P.O. Box 98
Landenberg PA 19350
Phone: (610) 274-2364
Fax: (610) 274-2205

Autism Registry Programs

An increasing number of law enforcement, public safety and emergency call centers are now offering voluntary registration for individuals affected by autism and related conditions, especially for those at risk of escapism and dangerous wandering. For those that participate, person-specific can be accessed quickly via mobile computer or dispatch.

Ottawa Police Service and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department offer two fine examples of registry programs currently in use.

Here are links for further information about these programs: