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Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emergency Planning Resources


Emergency Planning Essentials for Professional Responders

Police and Boy

A person with ASD is more likely to have an emergency encounter with police, fire or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals than a person without ASD. Individuals with ASD may not comprehend and so respond differently or adversely to emergency responder protocols.

Verbal direction, physical touch, strobe lights and sirens are likely to cause a heightened state of anxiety that impedes effective communication and may result in a "fight or flight" response.

Greater awareness, education and training, and information on what to do when interacting with a person with ASD can increase emergency responder effectiveness, expedite emergency assistance, lead to better results, and assure the safety of all involved. Take these actions to be prepared so you can respond and communicate most effectively with individuals with ASD in your community!

For All Responders

For Law Enforcement

For Fire, EMS, Rescue

For Emergency Managers

Locator/Recovery/Tracking Solutions

(Note:  Some products consist of device plus service or application, and some applications require a Smartphone or tablet and may not be available for all operating systems.)

Bracelet/band worn around wrist or ankle – register with local law enforcement

  • Project Lifesaver (Telemetry) – currently used by Saint Paul Police Department, Ramsey County Sheriff's Department and 20 other jurisdictions in MN. Most widely supported and 100% success rate in communities that support. Not all persons are comfortable with the device and not all communities have a community supported recovery program.

Other Solutions:

Devices with Monitoring

Devices that support network monitors

iDevicesPhone Apps (track, monitor and alert)

Person Specific Information for First Responders
(sample form for wandering registration)

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