Tips for adapting response to autistic individuals
1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD
By Leischen Stelter, editor of InPublicSafety
The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD. That is up significantly from previous estimates of 1 in 88 children. In more tangible terms, the CDC’s new statistics mean more than 1 million children are diagnosed with some form of the neurodevelopment disorder.
In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, here are some tips for emergency responders.
Educate Yourself About Autism
Emergency responders must know more about the nuances of this disorder so they can adjust their response to situations that involve an autistic individual, said Dr. Kevin Kupietz, adjunct professor of Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University and a volunteer firefighter with the Roanoke Rapids Fire Department in North Carolina.
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