The UConn UCEDD center staff through a collaboration with the CT Council on Development Disabilities developed a flipbook for emergency personnel which supports people with unique access or functional needs. UConn UCEDD staff and CT LEND students further enhanced this tool by creating a communication aid for emergency personnel. This communication aid enhances communication between first responders and children and adults with disabilities during an emergency. Through this work, firefighters, police officers, active members of ambulance services, emergency mobile psychiatric services personnel, and mental health crisis intervention services personnel are able to better meet the needs of a child, youth, or adult with disabilities when verbal communication might be hindered. Included are techniques for serving and interacting with those with autism spectrum disorder, cognitive impairment, and nonverbal learning disorders. The bill requires emergency personnel to carry this communication aid in their vehicles beginning in January 2020.
This communication aid has been produced to meet the requirements of CT P.A. 19-147 and funded by The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities through cooperative agreement #90DDUC0071-01-00 with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Materials and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or the Department of Health and Human Service's position or policy.
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