Halton Regional Police Launch New Voluntary Autism Registry

Registry developed in conjunction with Autism Ontario

Halton Regional Police Launch New Voluntary Autism Registry
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October is Autism Awareness month and the Halton Regional Police Service is proud to announce the launch of our new Autism On-line Registry.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. It is believed that over 100,000 people in Ontario are diagnosed with some form of ASD.

This voluntary registry is designed to provide a better system of service delivery to community members by ensuring that front line officers have access to vital information when responding to occurrences involving people with ASD.

The registry system provides a proactive means to gather information voluntarily provided by the person registering in the program, or the parent or guardian of the registrant. This information would include the description and photograph of a registered person, behaviours, routines, communication abilities, expected locations of travel, as well as other detailed information.

This registry is entirely voluntary and operates under the basis that families willingly provide police with critical information in relation to a person living with ASD which will help officers in their overall response. By gathering this data in advance of any potential occurrences, police will be entering into a situation with more information, allowing them to have a more specific understanding of what they are responding to.

This registry was developed in conjunction with Autism Ontario – Halton Chapter as well as with information provided by other police services with similar registries. Participating in the registry simply requires access to the internet and visiting the Halton Police web site. (link below)

http://www.haltonpolice.ca/CommunityPolicing/Pages/AutismRegistry.aspx
The Halton Regional Police continue to promote advocacy, support and education for families who are affected by the challenges of ASD and do so both internally and with our community partners.

Autism directly affects several members of our Service. In support of our families affected by this disability on a daily basis, the Halton Regional Police Tactical Rescue Unit organizes the annual TRU Autism Fundraiser. This year’s event is being held at Ivy Bar and Kitchen on Wednesday, October 15th, at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and support a great event for a great cause.

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