Children on the Autism Spectrum: 911 Telecommunicator & Dispatcher Checklist
911 telecommunicators are the first line of defense for ensuring swift and safe recoveries of missing children on the autism spectrum. This resource provides 911 telecommunicators and dispatchers with questions to ask a caller when a child with autism goes missing. The checklist covers questions about the child’s experience outside, health/general conditions, sensory or behavioral triggers, and communication/locative technologies for quick dissemination of this information to responding law enforcement.
This resource was developed under IACP’s Home Safe Project, led by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and in collaboration with The Arc of the United States’ National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability. This resource was supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
To learn more about IACP’s Home Safe Project or to request hard copies, contact homesafe@theIACP.org.
|This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2019-NT-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.|