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Illinois Fire Service Institute Announces Autism Awareness Program

Dick Jaehne, Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute(IFI) at the University of Illinois asked that we share this resource with all of you.  You will find this on-line training resource of interest .

The Autism Awareness program was developed by IFSI in partnership with the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.  It was created in response to the need for responders to be aware of how a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may respond differently during emergency situations. The program is focused on emergency situations and keeping both the person with ASD and the responder as safe as possible.  It is not all inclusive as there is much more to learn about Autism than can be practically presented here, so information is included at the end of the presentation on how to get additional information.  The program was researched, drafted, peer-reviewed by persons who live and/or work with persons with Autism and other ASDs on a regular basis, and then adapted for online presentation.

To access the course, follow the link below to register: Autism Awareness Online.  Once you register, you will receive an email providing directions on how to access and take the course.  This is a self-paced course.  Upon completion you will be provided directions on how to print your certificate.

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