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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

1. Useful Resources: Overview

Emergency Planning Essentials for Individuals with
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Families

Emergency Planning Essentials for Professional Responders

Cost associated with purchasing technology

2. Products and Services

A List of Devices, Apps, Assistive Technology. The products presented on this list represent a sampling of the devices, applications, or assistive technology that are available and may be useful and helpful as emergency planning tools.

Please remember that there is no single device, application, or type of assistive technology that has universal application. These are offered as possible solutions; there are many others and many others will continue to be developed. A product's inclusion on this list does not, in any way, constitute a recommendation or endorsement of that product.

3. Online Resources

Links to other informational materials and training resources.

4. Video Modeling

Video modeling is a tool that helps to develop and strengthen communication skills, and social and self help skills for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The person watches a video that shows what to do and how to respond to a particular situation , such as an emergency, and them memorizes and refers to the response so that he/she will do the same when that situation arises.

Fire and Safe Place
Lost Dog
Listen to Police
Testimony from Linda
Testimony from Deputy

5. Go Bag Checklist

6. Tech Apps: Autism 5-Point Scale EP

5 Point Scale App Logo

A tech app has been created, using the book: The Incredible 5-Point Scale™ by authors Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis, AAPC Publishing, that can be used to identify and convey stress and anxiety levels in emergency situations.

This app is available free of charge at the Apple Store.
Available for Android phone and tablet on Google Play App Store
Available for Kindle Fire HD tablet and Fire phone

7. Other Resources

Connecticut Guide for Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness

The AAC-RERC recognized the need for downloadable ready-made communication boards with core vocabulary for emergency situations. Diane N. Bryen, professor emerita, Temple University coordinated groups of volunteers who developed Communication 4 ALL, symbolated sets of communication boards available in multiple languages. The sets are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole languages from the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University:

English version:

Spanish version:

Haitian Creole:

Los Angeles Emergency Planning Lawsuit Press Release

VITALS (Vulnerable Individuals Technology Assisted Location Service) is being piloted by the St. Paul Police Department, the first police force in the country to do so.  For individuals with an invisible disability, VITALS contains the person’s disability and information that will assist emergency responders or law enforcement, who receive the information on an app,  to provide necessary help and assistance to the person in a variety of situations.

MPR - This tiny device could change how cops deal with mental diseases and disorders

WCCO/CBS - St. Paul Police Roll Out 'Vitals' App For The Vulnerable

KSTP - St. Paul Police, Autism Minnesota Launch App

Fox 9 - St. Paul Police use app to de-escalate interactions with vulnerable people

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