Autism Law & Emergency Response Training

 ALERT provides training for first responders so they can better serve people with Autism in an emergency situation.



Every training is led by a first responder who has a family member with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having different perspectives allows facilitators to provide a comprehensive overview of ASD, including growth rates, theories, common characteristics, behavioral symptoms, and sensory issues. The program will also address effective communication methods while providing practical skills to first responders on how to successfully interact with a person with ASD during an emergency situation.

Who is the trainer?

Trainings are scheduled on a date and time most convenient to suit the schedule of your department.

When are trainings being held?

Who do I contact to schedule a training?

Workshop Participants will earn Continuing education credits

The week following the Greenville training, I was called by one of our paramedics on the scene of a call with a woman with Autism. He was asking about the appropriateness of sedating her. I was able to ask him some questions about her behavior and offer some tips to help him deal with the situation. Ultimately, I went out to the scene to assist. As soon as I pulled up, I recognized the house from a call I ran as a relatively new paramedic 13 years ago. Using the information, we were able to calm the patient and safely transport her to the hospital for evaluation.

Chris Ruggiero

Greenville County EMS

In the Grand Canyon, we recently had an incident with an individual with Autism. A ranger who was on the scene had attended an A.L.E.R.T. training session. Because of the information presented in the class, the ranger remembered how to de-escalate the situation, and the individual was safely taken care of.

Bob Derr

Volunteer, National Park Service

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A.L.E.R.T. Success Stories

The ALERT program has been made possible through funding provided by the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and by the South Carolina Physicians Care Charity. Special thanks to Retired Battalion Chief Robert Derr for facilitating trainings throughout the state.