Autism safety awareness program for first responders held in Chicopee

Officers attended a first responders training course, offered thru Autism speaks.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Light it Up Blue and police officers met with residents Wednesday night to raise awareness about autism safety in the community.

More than 12 residents gathered at the Chicopee public library to learn how they can keep loved ones suffering from autism safe. A parent told 22News, police informed her about course, after her 7-year-old autistic son wondered off.

Isabella Lopez, of Chicopee said, “I hoping to get some tips to keep him from wondering and how to keep him safe.”

Marisa Carpenter, of Chicopee Light it up Blue mentioned, “It’s ok to call right away, if your child should go wondering off and that they’re there for us.”

The safety course covered what to do if your child wonders or goes missing along with safety advice. This past spring, Officers attended a first responders autism safety training course, offered thru Autism speaks.

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