Autism and Emergency Response
From JIBC EMwebinars
January 27, 2021 - For this webinar, we heard from Autism Canada regarding autism and emergency response and the SARA project. The autism community represents a vulnerable population not only in Canada but globally. Planning for this community means understanding how the neurodiverse address, interact and may need support in managing risks, hazards, and many things we take for granted in our planning and preparedness activities. People with autism and other vulnerable neurodiverse populations, including those with ADHD, TBI, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, FAS/FAD and other asynchronous conditions see and experience the world very differently. Our work helps prepare them and train responders so that we all can identify, manage, and mitigate risks together as a community, and to be sure that their voices are heard throughout the process.