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Autism Canada hosting free, virtual launch of new search and rescue program


September 17, 2020
By Staff

Autism Canada is hosting a free, virtual launch of its proprietary Search and Rescue for Autism (SARA) program on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

Search and Rescue for Autism — the first program of its kind anywhere in the world, according to the organization — was created to help prevent people from becoming lost due to wandering and bolting. Built on a foundation of prevention materials and specially designed technical training, this program will help both families and Search and Rescue (SAR) professionals recognize the particular vulnerabilities of the autistic community.

The SARA program presents a thorough guide through related topics like autistic behaviours, managing a search for an autistic and the safe preparation for events, day trips, and vacations. Search and Rescue for Autism training is for anyone who manages an environment in which autistics are participating including parks, forests, malls, schools and businesses.

This program will help both families and Search and Rescue (SAR) professionals recognize the particular vulnerabilities of the autistic community.

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The Launch and Learn will have two components. Led by retired volunteer fire captain Shanyn Silinski, SARA’s program manager, the first session will be for first responders and families/caregivers of autistics. The second session will primarily be for first responders and SAR volunteers. The early session has an emphasis on prevention and community building, while the later has discussions around the technical training offered by Autism Canada and Search and Rescue for Autism.

Autism Canada, an Imagine Canada accredited organization, is the only Canadian organization with a national perspective on the issues currently facing those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

To register and for more information about this free and virtual session, visit: https://sarautism.ca/launch-and-learn/.