Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Apr 10, 2013

Plan Your Response for an Autism Emergency

April 10, 2013

Must Register by April 6, 2013

Stratford, CT

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Stratford SEPTA will host a presentation by Dennis Debbaudt entitled, “Plan Your Response for an Autism Emergency.”

The presentation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Second Hill Lane Elementary School located at 65 Second Hill Lane in Stratford, Connecticut.

The presentation will help participants:

  • Better understand issues of autism-related risk
  • Learn strategies to help manage these risks at home, at school, and in the community – including prevention, alert, and response plans for dangerous wandering
  • Identify the best options for developing partnerships with law enforcement, first response, and criminal justice agencies – including ID cards, 911 registries, and other disclosure options
  • Learn what your role is in minimizing victimization of persons with autism

Instructor Dennis Debbaudt lives in Florida and is the proud father of Brad, who was diagnosed with autism in 1987. Dennis has spent nearly two decades training and developing training materials for law enforcement, first response, and criminal justice professionals throughout the U.S. and beyond — including for U.S. Department of Homeland Security instructors and for the New York Police Department.

During his visit to Stratford, he will be providing training to police, fire, EMS, and other first responders, as well as meet with parents, educators, and care providers for this important session.

This session is designed for parents, family members, and supporters of people who are on the autism spectrum, persons on the spectrum themselves, autism professionals, educators (teachers, paraprofessionals, supervisors), non-teaching staff, including those working in maintenance, food service, and transportation services, human and social services professionals, adult and child care professionals and community recreation and library professionals.

An additional training, “Autism Recognition, Response and Risk Management for Law Enforcement, Fire-Rescue, and Emergency Medical Responders” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stratford Polic Station located at 900 Longbrook Avenue in Stratford, Connecticut. This training will cover autism recognition and response; predictable field contacts and 911 dispatches (with special emphasis on wandering search and rescue); situational awareness and response; de-escalation tips; restraint, arrest, and custody tips; tips for interview; model programs; and cross-educational opportunities for officers, children, and adults who have autism, their families, and supporters.

For more information or to register, contact> by April 6, 2013.

Location: Second Hill Lane Elementary School located at 65 Second Hill Lane in Stratford, Connecticut 06614
This event is 42 miles from you (06106).

6:30 PM - 9 PM

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