First Responders

Tips for First Responders on Interacting with an Individual with Autism


  • not understand what you say
  • appear deaf
  • be unable to speak or speak with difficulty
  • engage in repetitive behaviors
  • act upset for no apparent reason
  • appear insensitive to pain
  • appear anxious or nervous
  • dart away from you unexpectedly
  • engage in self-stimulating behaviors (e.g. hand flapping or rocking)

The Autism Society of Central Texas has a training video for first responders.  Please click here to view and share.

The Disability Independence Group provides a video for first responders and self advocates on how to use a wallet card to tell an officer you have a disability. Visit the wallet card site here 

Please contact us at if you would like to schedule a first responder training.


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