Persons on the autism spectrum may act in any of the following ways in an encounter with police officers and other first responders.
Care should be taken not to misinterpret some of these actions as deliberate, disrespectful or hostile.
Persons with ASD may:
First responders and paramedics involved in search-and-rescue response should be aware that individuals with ASD will seek out items and locations that hold fascinations for them. Examples include water sources, trains, and cars. Individuals may go to these places without realizing the potential dangers involved. During fires, individuals with autism have been known to hide in closets or under beds to escape from the sound of fire alert systems.
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