ECSO stickers alert deputies that person with autism is in home or car | #specialneeds | #kids


The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new initiative to help deputies know beforehand when they are likely to come into contact with an autistic person.

The ECSO is now providing adhesive decals that read “occupant with autism” that residents can stick on their homes and vehicles if they have autism or live with someone who does.

“We wanted to be able to provide the best service to every citizen and sometimes we have interactions with people with special needs,” said Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons.

"Occupant with autism" stickers are now available from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. The stickers, which can be displayed on a vehicle or on the front door of a home, alert first responders that a person with autism may be present when they respond to a call.

The stickers are a safety measure that alert deputies and first responders that they are about to engage in a situation where there is high chance a person with autism will be present.

“It will signify to a deputy and all first responders that someone who is either in that vehicle or in that home maybe has autism and that they should know that they will need to rely on their training for how to deal with that situation that includes a person with autism,” Simmons said.



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