The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) believes in the importance of awareness training about autism spectrum disorders for first responders. IRCA is committed to supporting the training of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMT’s and other first responders. To address this need, IRCA has worked closely with Answers for Autism in Indiana, to receive partial funding for the development of the original training materials in 2006 and the subsequent updating of materials now available in 2015.
The “Training for Indiana’s First Responders“ Kit is available, for loan to any Indiana citizen, from the Library at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community . The First Responder Training Kit contains additional materials including: two DVD’s, “Autism and Law Enforcement Roll Call Briefing Video” and “Autism, Fire-Rescue & EMS Emergency Medical Services Video”; printed copies of the two PowerPoint presentations with notes; a plastic pocket with sample materials and information; and a sample First Responders Evaluation Form. To borrow the "Training for Indiana's First Responders" Kit, contact the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (800) 437-7924 or visit their website at https://iidc.indiana.edu/library/index.html
The online version of this training is currently not available. We hope to have it made into an accessible format and will post it on this web page in the future.
Please feel free to contact the Indiana Resource Center for Autism if you have questions about the first responders training materials. We would also love to hear about your experiences training first responders around the state. Please contact Marci Wheeler, MSW, at email@example.com or by calling (812)855-6508.