Helping Police Understand the Autistic
By Tina Kelley
Autism & Law Enforcement – conference session handout
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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: http://www.achildismissing.org/
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.
MediPal Emergency Seatbelt ID
Alert EMTs and public safety responders with this easy-to-see seatbelt attachment. More Information is easy to find, too: www.medipal.com
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.
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Various 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.
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: