Training for Indiana's First Responders: Recognizing and Responding Appropriately to Individuals
with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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.
IRCA’s training materials for Indiana’s First Responders are available in the following formats:
• Two PowerPoint presentations for training first responders are available below: one labeled “Law Enforcement Personnel” and the other labeled “Firefighters and Emergency Service Personnel”; and
• The “Training for Indiana’s First Responders“ Kit is available, for loan to any Indiana citizen, from the Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDIR). 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 CeDIR at firstname.lastname@example.org , call (800) 437-7924 or visit their website at https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/cedir
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 at email@example.com or by calling 812-855-6508.