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Responder News: Autism Guide for First Responders

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Responder News: Autism Guide for First Responders

Release Date: 
January 23, 2015

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is offering information for first responders and others on how to ensure the safety of people with autism. The publication, Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide to Safety, outlines major safety risks throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood for individuals with autism. It offers tips, resources and strategies to assist parents, other caregivers and first responders.

“Autism presents its own set of vulnerabilities that can make safety even more challenging to handle,” the guide explains.  

This document is a reference for addressing basic safety skills, developing preventative safety measures, and getting a sense of the types of safety concerns that can be expected later on in life. The guide was written in collaboration with parents, first responders and professionals in the autism community. 

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national non-profit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. A Guide to Safety is available in the Resources section on OAR’s Web site.

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