Florida Firefighters Learn to Help People with Autism | Organization for Autism Research

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Excerpt from the full story by Will Greenlee of Treasure Coast Newspapers:

“With the number of people identified as having autism growing, a Fire District firefighter is training others in his agency in recognizing and interacting better with those with the developmental disability.

Firefighter/paramedic Pete Villasuso, 39, whose son was diagnosed in 2012, said that he, another firefighter who has a child with autism and two other fire district members attended training in Fort Lauderdale in February and are educating co-workers. They’ll be the first countywide fire rescue agency on the Treasure Coast with such specialized training.

The training, Villasuso said, is geared toward increasing safety for firefighters and those with autism encountered during calls. The hourlong initiative includes videos of children with autism, showing their traits and reactions.”


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