Institute for Behavioral Training and Center for Autism and Related Disorders Expand First-Responder Training Program

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Presentation of Autism for First Responders continues in various cities to close out Autism Awareness Month.

Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) and Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) have announced the expansion of their joint training session, Autism for First Responders, across the United States. The free presentation is being made available in various cities and regions through the end of April, which coincides with Autism Awareness Month. IBT has trained over 25,000 people across the US and other countries since 2013. CARD is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and has successfully treated thousands of individuals with autism since 1990.    

According to the Centers for Disease Control’s announcement on March 27, 2014, autism impacts 1 in 68 children. One in 47 boys has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As more children, teens, and adults are impacted by ASD, police and other first responders will have interactions with this population.

Individuals with autism may struggle to communicate, make appropriate eye contact, or even respond to someone asking them their name. The behaviors that individuals with ASD display vary greatly which is why autism is described as a spectrum disorder. However, parents and professionals agree that safety is a significant concern for the autism community as individuals with ASD may easily be distracted, lost, or even elope from their school or surroundings. Autism for First Responders teaches police and first responders to recognize the signs of ASD and react accordingly to minimize their own risk and that of the individuals with autism.

“The reception to our first round of Autism for First Responders presentations was beyond our expectations,” says Cecilia H. Knight, director of IBT. “We are extremely happy to spread awareness to even more first responders nationwide, with the hope that, armed with this knowledge, they can be best equipped to interact effectively with people affected by autism and save even more lives.”

The second round of Autism for First Responders sessions will take place in Manhattan, NY; Paramus, NJ; Manassas, VA; Sterling, VA; Denham Springs, LA; Prairieville, LA; San Antonio, TX; Aurora, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Scottsdale, AZ; Vancouver, WA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; Fresno, CA; Madera, CA; Carlsbad, CA; Clovis, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Woodland Hills, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Torrance, CA; Moreno Valley, CA; Irvine, CA; and San Diego, CA. IBT’s training teaches the signs and symptoms of ASD, how to communicate with individuals who appear to have ASD, and tips for first responders interacting with individuals on the spectrum.

About the Institute for Behavioral Training
IBT is considered the one-stop training hub for individuals at all levels who interact with, teach, care for, and treat individuals with ASD and other developmental disorders. IBT’s programs educate students, parents, professionals, and caregivers on evidence-based techniques using applied behavior analysis (ABA), so they can maximize progress when working with any individual.

About the Center for Autism and Related Disorders
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with ASD at over 100 treatment centers and academies around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General.

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