Learn how to interact with autistic individuals in community and emergency settings and reduce the possibility of misunderstanding or escalation when real situations arise.

1 in 6 people have a sensory need or disorder, and 1 in 36 children are diagnosed with autism currently in the US alone. Autistic individuals are commonly the victims of criminal activities, may wander from home, or be mistaken as someone acting strangely in the community.

Therefore it is vital for First Responders to be aware of how to engage and interact with autistic individuals in their community to ensure the best outcomes for everyone involved. The IBCCES First Responder 2 CE training and certification program provides best practices and strategies when interacting with an autistic individual so situations can be de-escalated and first responders can perform their duties safely and effectively.

First Responders will learn the following

fire fighters with autism certification

Autism recognition – myths, behaviors, impact

Communication strategies


Scenario-based responses

Safety recommendations

Parent perspective

Benefits of Certification

Self-Paced Online Training

Be Prepared For Real-Life Scenarios

Learn Vital Information

Improve Community Engagement and Outcomes

IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders. As part of our commitment to sharing the latest innovations and research, we host the International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disorders to create a forum for collaboration among industry stakeholders.
First Responders will Learn the Following:


  1. Introduction – What is ASD?
  2. Why is this training important?
  3. How do I recognize a person who may have ASD?
  4. How should I respond to be most successful with individuals with ASD?
  5. How can I best manage risk in situations involving individuals with ASD?
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  • Nicholas Lemek 1st responder

    Nicholas Lemek, Paramedic, IAAI-FIT, ASHER Specialist

    The autism spectrum is a rainbow. We’ve made emergency responses in our community and helped people on the Autism spectrum. I’ve been able to have hands-on training with my crew on how to better serve our neighbors. I’ve been able to use the sensory kits to keep our patients more comfortable and calm. One of the biggest benefits of my training is that it really gave me a new perspective on how we as firefighters and paramedics serve all the members of our community. It also taught me to dig deeper to understand people, not just those on the autism spectrum but every person we serve. People matter. Always.

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