Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emergency Planning Resources
1. Useful Resources: Overview
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
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.
5. Go Bag Checklist
Video: Autism Survival Manual – Personal Survival Kit
Note: This is a UK Resource.
6. Tech Apps: Autism 5-Point Scale EP
A tech app has been created, based on the 5-Point Scale, 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
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:
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