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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

Online Resources

Links to other informational materials and training resources.

Web Site Overview


Information and Checklists

AAC-RERC is to assist people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication to achieve their goals by advancing and promoting AAC technologies and supporting the individuals who use, manufacture, and recommend them
AAC-RERC (via Therapy Times)

Billy Builds a Kit presentation

Billy Builds a Kit (symbol supported)

AAC Emergency Communication Boards in English, Spanish and Haitian/Creole English version

Spanish version

Haitian Creole

ADA and Law Enforcement

Resources for Emergency Professionals

Commonly asked questions about ADA and Law Enforcement

Autism Alert

First Responder Training Modules

Our mission is three-fold: (1) Educate first responders and health care professionals on how to recognize and interact with persons on the autism spectrum, (2) Train caregivers on how to prepare for emergencies and prevent tragedies, and (3) Develop and promote community partnerships.

Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition

First Responder Training 

The ALEC program provides training to First Responders so that they are able to recognize situations involving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

First Responder Brochure

Autism Risk Management

Training, DVD, Response Cards

Consultant provides autism training for law enforcement and emergency responders.

Sample of materials on website: Building Life Skills

Autism Spectrum Directory
– Solution Checklist

Information and Checklists

This chart identifies issues with social and communication skills for people on the autism spectrum and strategies to help the person.


Information, Safety materials, Resources

National non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths. 

Explanation of different types of tracking technology:

Create An Emergency Preparedness Plan for Your Family

Your family's basic needs and personal safety are most important in an emergency. Keep your plan simple so it's easy to remember. For each item in your supply kit, ask whether it meets one or more basic needs (this is not the time to stock luxury items) and create a  check list. Review guides and tips on a regular basis, and update your kit and checklist  to make sure you and your family is well covered. (3/3/17) 

JFK Partners


Resources for First Responders that encourage optimal interactions with people with developmental disabilities.

University of Colorado LEADS Program medical students Chris Rogers and Spencer Tomberg developed four training resources for first responders, including a 30-minute Autism Specific EMT Basic Training program, and other materials to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder and families as well as fits responders to plan and prepare for emergencies.

L.E.A.N. on US

Information, Training

Provides first responders with information and resources to better serve individuals with hidden disabilities. 

Michael H. Minger Foundation


The Foundation's mission is to raise the awareness and standards of campus fire safety for all students with a special focus on students with disabilities.

Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN)


Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) is a program that will send text alerts to mobile device users to alert them to Amber Alerts, imminent threats, and Presidential messages. PLAN will soon be available on new mobile devices shipped to New York City. Communities have to make arrangement to activate the alerts and New York City has done so.

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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The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.