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Tips for Adapting Response to Autistic Individuals

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. The CDC reports that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD, which means more than 1 million children are diagnosed with some form of the neurodevelopment disorder. Considering a person with autism is seven times more likely than a non-autistic individual to need the service of responders, first responders must be prepared to encounter an autistic individual during an emergency situation. In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, here are some tips for how emergency responders can adjust response techniques.