Training for First Responders

Request a Training for First Responders

**This is a two hour training currently approved for two CE/Contact Hours from the KY Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) and the KY Fire Commission State Fire Rescue Training.

Request a Training for First Responders

This course includes information on the definition of autism, common characteristics of persons with autism, strategies for interaction with individuals with autism including methods for de-escalation, and additional resources for further education concerning autism.

  • Explain what autism is - including characteristics and spectrum of how these characteristics are expressed among individuals with autism.
  • Review frequently used terms, interventions, and common types/titles of caregivers.
  • Understand how to respond to and interact with individual(s) with autism – including communication strategies.
  • Identify de-escalation strategies that could be utilized with individuals with autism
  • Review local, state-wide, and national resources related to autism.


First Responder Awareness Brochures


FirefightersAutism Spectrum Disorders Tips for Firefighters

Individuals with autism cannot be identified by their physical appearance. They are usually identified by their behavior. This brochure contains some tips to help firefighters interact with an individual who they suspect may have autism when in an unfamiliar or stressful situation. [Download PDF] | [Download TXT]


PoliceAutism Spectrum Disorders and Law Enforcement

Awareness and education of first responders about disabilities increases their ability to provide appropriate response. Recognizing behaviors associated with autism will allow you to best respond to the situation. This brochure contains some tips to help law enforcement officers interact with an individual who they suspect may have autism.[Download PDF] | [Download TXT]


EMSAutism Spectrum Disorders and EMS Personnel

Because individuals with autism cannot be identified by their physical appearance, they are usually identified by their behavior. This brochure contains some tips to help EMS personnel interact with an individual who they suspect may have autism when in an unfamiliar or stressful situation. [Download PDF] | [Download TXT]


Additional Resources



Sign up today and be sure to include multiple phone numbers – this is how the dispatch center is able to access your safety profile
Include as much or as little information as you would like – this is only communicated to the First Responders who are assisting with your call


National Autism Association

The Big Red Safety Box is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families in need as a means to educate, raise awareness and provide simple tools that may assist them in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related emergencies. NAA’s Big Red Safety Box includes the following resources:

1) The Be REDy Booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:

    •  A caregiver checklist
    •  A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
    •  A first-responder profile form
    •  A wandering-prevention brochure
    •  A sample IEP Letter
    •  A Student Profile Form
    • Emotion Identification Cards
    • Wandering Quick Tips

2) Two (2) GE Wireless Door/Window Alarms with batteries

3) One (1) MedicAlert Membership, Bracelet or Pendant, and one (1) Shoe ID tag*

4) Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows

6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband

7) One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

*You will receive instructions in your Big Red Safety Box to submit a custom personalization order and create your free MedicAlert account at Your IDs will be quickly engraved and mailed to you at no charge.


More information available at: Big Red Safety Box 

Available for Families; First Responders; Educators
Download Be REDy Booklet --- Print and complete A first-responder profile form


Yellow Dot

The Yellow Dot Program alerts first responders at crash scenes of critical medical information that could save a life. Participants in the program provide important medical information that could help emergency responders make split second decisions by placing the Yellow Dot decal in the lower-left corner on the driver-side rear window and the completed Yellow Dot personal information folder into the glove compartment of the vehicle. More information about the program is available on the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety website. Yellow dot stickers and information folders are available at the University of Louisville Autism Center. Send an email to to get your free Yellow Dot decal and folder.

  • Include your name, address, and number of decals and folders you need
  • Not just for individuals with autism – may want one for each member of the family
  • Remember to place a folder in each vehicle that the individual(s) frequently uses
  • May also want to put a decal on your front or side door – place folder in your kitchen: on fridge or in medicine cabinet


Autism Speaks Safety Project

The Autism Safety Project is designed to provide families affected by autism with tips, information, expert advice and resources so that everyone in our community can stay out of harm's way.