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August 04, 2015

On Saturday, August 1, Autism Speaks New Jersey and the Red Cross–Jersey Coast Chapter hosted a Safety Event for the New Jersey Shore community. Participants received an Autism Speaks Safety Kit, with tips for improving safety at home, school and in the community, and learned about programs and services available to help develop a safety plan.

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July 31, 2015

As the discussion began, one panelist explained the importance of beginning the transition process as early as middle school, and urged parents to “spend a lot of time together talking about what you want for your future, what your child wants to do, [and] start as soon as possible.”

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July 30, 2015

PEOPLE Magazine tells the story of 4-year-old Sidney Heidrick of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, who tragically died after wandering away from his grandparents' home into Lake Erie. These tragedies are far too common in the autism community.

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July 28, 2015

Families in the autism community came together with local first responders for a fun afternoon sponsored by Autism Speaks. “This type of community event is a win-win for families and first responders," said Deputy Aleksandra Ridgeway. "At the end of the event, everyone feels safer and the community becomes more inclusive!”

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July 15, 2015

On Tuesday evening, Autism Speaks and Monroe County Office of Emergency Management hosted a First Responder Training for more than sixty local first responders in Stroudsburg, Pa. The training facilitated greater understanding of autism and focused on helping first responders to recognize the signs while providing strategies to use in the field.

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July 14, 2015

The Dave Wright Apartments in Heidelberg, Pa. will house adults with autism alongside residents without autism. The developers will be using NHS Human Services of Lafayette Hill, Pa., to help the residents with autism find work, provide such services as bookkeeping or shopping assistance, and help set up a tenants’ board.

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July 14, 2015

St. Paul, Minn. police officer Rob Zink, a father of three sons, two of whom have autism, recently created the Cop Autism Response Education (CARE) Project, as part of a groundbreaking effort to ensure that police calls involving people with autism end safely.

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