Free training sessions for Walker County first responders and others who are directly involved in emergency care for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder are being held on Thursday, sponsored by the …
Free training sessions for Walker County first responders and others who are directly involved in emergency care for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder are being held on Thursday, sponsored by the local R.U.L.E. Autism Family.
Two sessions will be held on Thursday, July 25, at the Jasper Civic Center, with one being from 8 a.m. until noon and the other being from 1 to 5 p.m. Attendees will receive four hours of continuing education credits and a certificate of completion.
Dustin Chandler, the president and co-founder of Interaction Advisory Group, will provide instruction. The former certified Alabama narcotics officer is known as the father of Carly Chandler of Birmingham, whose name was lent to Carly's Law in 2014. That state act allowed federally-backed clinical trials of CBD oil at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a means to treat children with seizure disorder.
Chandler, who has special expertise in narcotics investigations and tactical operations, had a decade-long law enforcement career, serving in different enforcement and tactical units such as one special operations group that focused on street crimes. He also worked with the U.S. Marshal Service's Gulf Coast Regional Task Force in 2008 during Operation Falcon.
According to R.U.L.E., the life expectancy for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder is only 35, due in large part to conditions that interfere with self-control, lack of a sense of mortality, no appropriate fear of danger, high pain tolerance and extreme sensitivity to sensory input, resulting in extreme behavior on many levels.
"When parents or care givers need assistance with these individuals, they call emergency responders. If those responders are not aware or properly trained on how to respond to them, the results can truly be devastating and have life long effects and even lead to suicide," a brochure for the event noted. "This is difficult to understand by those who have no experience with this condition, but the numbers are climbing at an astounding rate and we must do all we can to keep the community aware of their differences and uniqueness."
Refreshments will be provided by the Jasper police and additional autism information is being sponsored by the Human Rights Committee for Community Options and The Arc of Walker County.
Any first responder wanting to attend may make reservations by calling Autum Hargett, founder of R.U.L.E., at 202-1012 or emailing her at RULEautismFamily@gmail.com. They may also look at the group's Facebook page, RULEautismFAMILY.