Lisa Braxton

Public Education fire safety social story for children who have autism featured in webinar

Blog Post created by Lisa Braxton Employee on Apr 17, 2013

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017ee9f4f4e3970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017ee9f4f4e3970d-320wi|alt=Autism NOW 2 logo|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Autism NOW 2 logo|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017ee9f4f4e3970d!April is Autism Awareness Month. In observance, the Autism NOW Center (The National Autism Resource and Information Center) hosted a webinar recently on the topic, “Preparing for Fires and Other Emergencies.” I was a co-presenter, along with Chris Lacy of Autism Alert, which provides autism awareness training for first responders. I covered the topic of fire safety during my presentation, focusing on the Public Education Division’s fire safety social story for children who have autism, “[I Know My Fire Safety Plan | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1953&itemID=46172&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Populations/People%20with%20disabilities/Educational%20materials/Autism].” During the webinar, people who have autism, their families, and caregivers learned how the social story can be used to prepare a high-functioning child with autism or a person with other developmental disabilities before a fire occurs. I also shared information about other educational materials available for people with disabilities, and our safety tips sheets for people with disabilities.

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