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Northwoods group hopes first responders train on how to work with people with autismSubmitted: 05/25/2016
THREE LAKES - First responders respond to different emergency calls every day. 

Those calls can be more challenging if they are trying to help someone who has autism.

A Northwoods group is encouraging local fire and police departments to train how to work with people with autism.


Wednesday night the Scholl Community Group presented information in Three Lakes on how to do that. 

"People on the autism spectrum having sensory issues, a lot of places can't pull in with the sirens blasting and the lights flashing because that would be sensory and that could send a person on the spectrum into, running into the woods or just running away," the group's director Lenelle Scholl says. 

The group has presented information to Winchester and Presque Isle Fire Departments and the Minocqua Police Department. 

They want more people in the community to understand people on the autism spectrum. 

"It needs to be more education about autism so that people in the communities will recognize it and not point fingers or turn them over to the police department, that kind of thing," Scholl says. 

The group also encourages parents of children with autism to reach out to their local fire and police departments.

It will help the departments deal with emergencies if they know who they'll be helping. 


Story By: Kaitlyn Howe

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