The trainers shared some great tips on dealing with autistic people in emergencies at this session in New Jersey. Turn off the lights and sirens to avoid sensory overload, for example.
Emergency situations can be precarious for anyone involved.
But imagine dealing with someone who doesn’t respond to their name or doesn’t respond at all. There is a chance he or she is a person with autism. This is an added challenge for emergency responders and professionals who have to answer these types of calls everyday.
SNAP, a non-profit out of Morristown, offers trainings to heighten students’ awareness of autistic and special needs children.
This was the first SNAP training of its kind. The group came to the Short Hills Mall on Oct. 11 to train township police and first responders on how to adapt to emergency calls involving people with autism