Plan Your Response for an Autism Emergency (Families)

Since 2009, 74 children with autism have died after wandering away from a safe setting.  Since 2011 over 400 people have been reported missing by the media.  49% of Children with autism wander or bolt from a safe setting.

Target Audience:

  • Persons on the autism spectrum
  • Parents, family members, and supporters
  • Autism professionals and service providers
  • Educators: teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers (1.5 hours)
  • Human and social service professionals
  • Adult and childcare professionals

Session Goals and Objectives:

  • Identify issues of autism-related risk
  • Provide strategies to help manage ASD risk at home and school
  • Disclosure options: ID cards, 911 registries, and field disclosure
  • Discuss prevention, alert, and response plans for dangerous wandering
  • Identify tools and options for parents, care providers, educators, and persons with autism to develop partnerships with law enforcement, first response, and criminal justice agencies


Dennis Debbaudt ( has authored over 40 articles related to autism and been a training specialist on the matter for years.  He has trained and created autism subject matter for law enforcement, first response (EMT and Fire), criminal justice professionals and agencies across the world.

Training provided in cooperation with:

  • Autism Education Fund: Understanding through Education
  • University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability
  • Farmington New Hampshire Police
  • University of New Hampshire Police

Childcare options may be available. Please contact Bobbie Stormann at 603-833-0066 for more information.

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Date & Time

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Registration Fee

This is a free event with light refreshments and door prizes!


Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room
University of New Hampshire
83 Main Street
Durham, NH

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