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Autism for Law Enforcement Training - January 29, 2019


One of the biggest challenges as a first responder is effective communication with the people we encounter in the field.  Recognizing that someone may have Autism or other disability and effectively handling the call can be very difficulty especially when the person is the victim.

  • 1 in 59 children (1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls) as having Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • 48% of children with ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, nearly 4x their typical siblings
  • More than one third of ASD children who wander/elope are rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
  • In 2009, 2010, 2011 accidental drowning accounted for 91% of total U.S. deaths reported in children with ASD ages 14 and younger
  • Half of families of elopers report they never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional
  • A study done in Nebraska of 55,000 children showed  a child with any type of intellectual disability was four times more likely to be sexually abused than a child without disabilities

(Sullivan and Knutson, 2000)

Our training program trains Police Officers, Fire Fighters and EMS how to handle calls we receive related to people with Autism and related disabilities. The challenges we encounter vary from person to person and can range from non-verbal individuals, sensory processing disorders, fear etc.  Each person attending will leave with a detailed explanation and tools to use when they encounter people with ASD. 

People attending the training will be able to more easily recognize signs that a person may have ASD and how to effectively communicate with them. They will be able to assist victims with ASD as well as their families during a very stressful incident.

Training will be held at the Burlington Police Department on1/29/19 from 830am-230pm. The course is for any Law Enforcement Officer, Court Officer, Fire Fighter or EMS. The cost is $149.99 and is an approved training under the state 911 grant for continuing education and reimbursement.  Emts and Paramedics may also receive 6 hours of continuing education credits.

 If you would like to register for this class please email:

Buddieswithbadges@gmail.com or call 774-244-0420

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