From 2009 to 2014, the Pennsylvania Autism Census found that the number of Pennsylvanians with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receiving services increased from nearly 20,000 individual to over 55,000 individuals. The number of individuals with autism who had contact with first responders has also increased. The location, the circumstance and the outcomes are different in each case, but, there is an underlying theme in each incident-a call for training for first responders, law enforcement officials and providers on how to identify and interact with individuals with autism.
- Compare the increasing prevalence of autism today versus a decade ago.
- Summarize the three core deficits domains of autism.
- Recognize the various symptoms of autism found within all three domains.
- Apply the information gained from the training and implement various strategies in order to increase awareness and safety for individuals with autism and first responders, members of the law enforcement community and providers who interact with them.
- Locate the various resources available through ASERT for individuals with autism and their families
Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of completion will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Completion through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.