Thursday, January 19, 2012

FDNY Instructs on Rescuing Autistic Children

When a building is burning and firefighters are focused on saving lives and the difference between life and death is a matter of seconds, they can be stopped in their tracks by an autistic child.

"A lot of the time, people with autism don't understand what's going on so they don't know what's expected of them," said Capt. Bill Cannata, an autism first responder educator. "They're going to do opposite of what a first responder would think."

It's that kind of situation that inspired a new autism seminar at the FDNY training academy Wednesday that dealt with what to do when handling an autistic child at an emergency.

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