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May 23, 2016

The 4th annual Autism Night Out Safety Fair in Montgomery County, Maryland was a huge success – drawing a crowd of more than 550 community members from throughout the National Capital Area.

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March 23, 2016

Thank you to our partners in this event, NCMEC, Massachusetts State Police, Gillette Stadium, and Autism Speaks New England Chapter, in efforts to raise awareness.

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December 15, 2015

Rob Zink is known as the 'autism cop' at his precinct and has two sons on the autism spectrum...

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November 06, 2015

The day's top headline from around the autism community.

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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

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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July 13, 2015

Despite the more than ninety-degree weather, almost two hundred individuals from North and South Carolina came out to the inaugural Autism Speaks Safety Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Fair also saw representation from fifteen local first responder groups, including local firefighters, medics, police officers, and more.

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July 09, 2015

Safety is a major concern for the autism community and unfortunately, misunderstandings related to the core symptoms of autism, including difficulties with communication and social interactions, can escalate into unsafe situations, such as the November 2014 incident involving Troy Canalis, a teen with autism in the Bronx.

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