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Autism awareness training helps parents, children with autism communicate with first responders

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A training program is giving parents, with a child on the autism spectrum, tools to effectively communicate their child's needs with first responders.

The program is called 'Safe and Sound' and is put on by law enforcement professionals who are also parents of children with autism.

Monday's training was open to the public.

A mother CBS 58 News spoke with says this kind of guidance is important to keep everyone safe.

"I think it's important that we give some tools, some tips, some ideas on how to really safely engage with them so then everyone can be safe in situations of crisis," said Daysi Jimenez, parent of a child with autism.

Research has shown that people with developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to have an encounter with law enforcement.

This training helps prepare responders and families in emergency situations. 

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