ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — April is recognized as Autism Awareness Month. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a new program that will educate officers on how to handle situations involving people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“We had about 30 members of the Sheriff’s Office participate in a training seminar. Specifically on recognizing you know people with Autism and how law enforcement needs to train for that. How law enforcement needs to respond and most importantly how law enforcement needs to react.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
They also discussed two other programs. One is Project Life Saver, which offers bracelets for people with Dementia, Autism or other mental illnesses with tracking devices in case they get lost. The other is The Yellow Dot Program.
“The yellow dot goes on the front door of your home, you can also have the yellow dot placed on your car. And going along with it is basically an informational card.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
The card details any personal information that’s critical to first responders. The dot lets them know to look for the card, which is kept safely inside the freezer. The Sheriff’s Office also unveiled stickers for patrol cars to raise awareness for ASD.
“Autism awareness is so much more than just knowing that there’s people in our community that have autism. It’s building bridges between our individuals who can’t do that for themselves.” – Kathy Caruso, Better Together Organization
For more information on these programs contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office at 315-736-8364.