Orange County to Hold Seminar on Autism Awareness for First RespondersJun 18th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
The Orange County Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), in conjunction with the Town of Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, will hold an autism awareness seminar for emergency response personnel at the Orange County Emergency Services Center on Wednesday, June 26, from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm with David Lee of the Village of Monroe Police Department presenting as the featured speaker.
“Training our first responders on how to effectively interact and respond to an emergency involving a person with autism is an important component to our mission of enhancing the safety of all Orange County residents,” said Frank Cassanite, Deputy Commissioner Orange County Division of EMS.
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are seven times more likely to have a 911 encounter than a typical person. The number of responses is increasing at an alarming rate nationwide. These calls can be high risk for the responder and for a person with autism due to a lack of understanding about a person with ASD.
The forum will provide first responders with an overview of ASD, including specifics such as growth rates, theories, common characteristics, effective communication methods, behavioral symptoms, sensory issues, and practical skills on how to respond to an emergency involving a person with autism.
CME credits will be given for attendance. Reserve a seat by contacting the OC Division of EMS at (845) 615-0466. Refreshments will be served.
The Orange County Emergency Services Center is located at 22 Wells Farms Road, Goshen, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.orangecountygov.com