Norwalk firefighters are receiving training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism. The training, which is supported by a federal grant, is being taught by first responders that have first hand knowledge of the disease with a family member or relative.
The insight of the instructors both personally and professionally will help the department’s personnel safely approach and care for children and adults afflicted with Autism spectrum disorders or Autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.