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Warwick first responders to undergo Autism awareness training

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — First responders in Warwick will soon receive special training on how to communicate with Autistic patients.

City officials say the course includes information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with a focus on more effective communication with affected individuals and their family members during an emergency.

The training program is being conducted by the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) at no cost to the city thanks to private funding by the Autism Society of Rhode Island.

According to the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, approximately 1%of the state’s total population (10,000 Rhode Islanders of all ages) are affected by Autism and related disorders.

City officials say the course includes information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with a focus on more effective communication with affected individuals and their family members during an emergency.

While the class focuses mainly on ASD, other techniques will also be discussed that will help first responders communicate with individuals who have other developmental and cognitive disabilities.

Since its inception in 2004, ALEC has trained over 43,000 law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.

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