Autism Risk + Safety Training

Autism Risk + Safety Training

Monroe County SPIN 911 Registration

SPIN 911 (Special People in Need of 9-1-1) is a program that gathers information on a voluntary basis to assist law enforcement. The information is entered into the 9-1-1 database so that emergency responders are aware there is a special needs individual at the address requesting assistance.

This information will reside in a secure password protected database and is only accessible by 9-1-1 Supervisors or higher. Addresses will be flagged in the dispatch computer system, allowing a supervisor to retrive it. The information will be transferred primarily by telephone, digital pager (no group pages) or MDT (individual terminal, no group messages), or in rare circumstances over the radio channel.

We are working with Monroe County to provide this program, it is currently undergoing some changes and we hope it is rectified soon.

Wandering and Elopement

Resource for parents and school professionals can be downloaded HERE.
Many local counties have Project Lifesaver, a radio frequency tracking program available free of charge for qualifying individuals.


AngelSense is an advanced wearable GPS tracking device that protects your loved one from wandering and eloping. It was designed specifically for kids, teens, and adults with autism and special needs, but the safety features make it perfect for those with dementia or Alzheimer's as well.

AWAARE | Autism-Wandering-Awareness-Alerts-Response-Education

The AWAARE program works to prevent wandering incidents, and deaths resulting from wandering, within the autism community. The program package includes safety information, forms, caregiver and first responder tool kits, and The Big Red Safety Box for families, and can be found at

Big Red Safety Box

The National Autism Association is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who may be prone to wandering off or eloping from a safe environment, and may be unable to recognize danger and/or stay safe. Wandering, elopement, “running” or fleeing behaviors among those within our community not only present unique safety risks, but also create extraordinary worry and stress among caregivers. Drowning fatalities following wandering incidents remain a leading cause of death among those with ASD. As such, the National Autism Association provides direct assistance to caregivers, educators and first responders. The Big Red Safety Box is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families in need as a means to educate, raise awareness and provide simple tools that may assist them in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related emergencies. NAA’s Big Red Safety Box includes the following resources: Our Be REDy Booklet containing the following educational materials and tools: A caregiver checklist, A Family Wandering Emergency Plan, A first-responder profile form, A wandering-prevention brochure, A sample IEP Letter, A Student Profile Form, Emotion Identification Cards, Wandering Quick Tips, Two (2) GE Wireless Door/Window Alarms with batteries, One (1) RoadID Bracelet or Shoe ID tag, Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows, Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows, and One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

First Responder Disability Awareness Training | FR-DAT

First Responder Disability Awareness Training (FR DAT) is essential for emergency first responders in order to ensure proper response to individuals with disabilities (IWDs). AutismUp is proud to be a partner to Niagara University in the development and execution of this initiative. To learn more about the program please visit

Why is this training essential? A first responder’s presence at emergency situations that call for a response to challenging behaviors, alleged criminal conduct, physical/medical needs, assistance in a matter, or service and protection, are imperative to the well-being and quality of life for the individual(s) they are interacting with. Individuals with disabilities may require responses that vary from typical daily encounters. If uneducated about this topic, results can be negative, some even catastrophic.

If you are a First Responder or a parent who would like to learn more:

  • Click here for Autism Communication Cards that may be helpful when coming in contact with someone who has autism.
  • Visit The Autism Society of America to view tips for First Responders, fact sheets and brochures. Click here for more information.
  • To learn how you can collaborate with AutismUp to schedule a training for your local law enforcement, fire department or EMT, email us at


Jiobit is a tiny, long-lasting, real-time GPS tracker for kids, adults & elderly. Features next-gen low-power 5G-compatible network & progressive beaconing technology that uses a combination of cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth to track your loved one's location, inside & outdoors, from anywhere.


Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program designed to provide a timely response, reduce possible injury, and save the lives of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s, Dementia or other cognitive disorders or developmental disabilities. Additionally, the individual must have a history of or severe risk of wandering, eloping or becoming disoriented as documented in a Life Plan, IEP or medical diagnosis. Each person is referred to as a “client.” Project Lifesaver’s primary mission is to return at risk individuals inclined to wander home safely to their loved ones.

If you would like to apply for enrollment in the Project Lifesaver program, please complete the enrollment application. If you have any questions or need more information, call (585) 753-4287 or email

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