Autism Seminar for Emergency Personnel

by Press Release--Camden County College | Jun 29, 2008
Autism Seminar for Emergency Personnel The autistic population is large and growing in New Jersey, and particular challenges arise when a person with autism is involved in an emergency. Camden County College will address these issues with a free seminar featuring an instructor certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.

“Educating First Responders About Autism” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. July 8 in Room 210 of Madison Hall, which is located on CCC’s Blackwood Campus. The instructor is Michelle Bourbon, a former agent with the federal Department of Justice and the mother of an autistic child.

Because autism affects communication, those with the disorder may be or appear to be non-compliant when approached by police, firefighters or emergency medical technicians during a crisis. Without understanding autism, first responders are at risk of evaluating or handling the situation less effectively.

CCC’s seminar will identify the symptoms and behaviors that indicate autism. It also will explain how people with autism might react to typical first responder activities and procedures. This information aims to assist emergency personnel with minimizing liability, de-escalating situations and achieving successful outcomes.

CCC has been designated as an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider as well as an official Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 Professional Provider. As a result, state-certified teachers can earn approved professional development for attending this session.

Family members and caregivers of autistic people also may attend. The seminar is open to the public as well.

To register or for additional information, attendees should contact CCC’s Division of School & Community Academic Programs at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4256, or at

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Author: Press Release--Camden County College


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