FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of 9-1-1 Education Month, Smart911 is kicking off a new webinar series titled "Understanding the Citizens We Serve." The first edition, "Understanding and Responding to Citizens with Autism," takes place on April 26 to mark National Autism Awareness Month. While open to all, the webinar will focus on how 9-1-1 telecommunicators and public safety personnel can most-effectively interact with and assist people with autism. A service of Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, Smart911 is a public/private partnership creating a first-of-its-kind, critical caller database that is already helping citizens and emergency responders across 20 states.
"Understanding and Responding to Citizens with Autism" will feature Dennis Debbaudt of Autism Risk & Safety Management, a website offering training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers and the autism community. A law enforcement trainer and author on the subject, Debbaudt is also the proud father of a young man with autism. While the public is invited to attend, the webinar's content is aimed at providing police, fire, emergency medical services and 9-1-1 telecommunicators with techniques for diagnosing and responding to emergencies that involve people with autism.
There is no cost to attend "Understanding and Responding to Citizens with Autism" and those interested should register online. The webinar is supported by Autism Speaks and the Autism Safety Project. Smart911's website is also now hosting blogs contributed by Autism Speaks chapter members throughout the U.S. in order to draw further attention to issues that people with autism and their families face
Smart911 is a national system that is entirely private and secure. Citizens can create safety profiles for free at www.Smart911.com, entering vital data they want made available on themselves and family members, a residence, even pets. This can include details on medical conditions, disabilities and/or special needs, children's photos, home addresses of cellphone callers, floor plans and other pertinent information. Smart911 delivers this information automatically to telecommunicators, enabling responders to be more effective because they have access to critical health and logistics information before arriving at the scene of an emergency. Smart911 supports the critical need to effectively capture and manage data for special needs citizens.
"While Smart911 safety profiles enhance the delivery of emergency services for everyone, it has proven very effective in helping individuals with special needs and their families," said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. "This has brought us into close contact with the autism community, and as a result, this webinar will offer very valuable information to those involved in public safety. At the same, the general public shouldn't hesitate to participate; the specific details and overall educational value will be useful for everyone."
About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. Used by leading Institutes of Higher Education and State and Local Agencies, the award-winning portfolio of RaveAlert, RaveGuardian, Eyewitness, Smart911 and SmartPrepare enables millions to feel safe, secure and connected. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information please visit www.ravemobilesafety.com