Local law enforcement and first responders are teaming up with the Augusta Levy Learning Center to help ensure the safety of children with Autism.
Wheeling Police and Fire along with Ohio County 911 will soon have a data base of people in the Wheeling area who are diagnosed with Autism so they can have a better idea of how to help if a child or person wanders away from from home.
Names and addresses of people with autism will now be flagged by dispatch if a call comes in so authorities will better understand a person or child dealing with Autism.
“We may not understand why the child is not making eye contact or communication is not at age level or those types of things or some of the behaviors that we may encounter so it’s very important that all this information be captured in advanced,” said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.
“We have families who have 6 or 7 deadbolts on their doors, we have a child who got out through a window,” said Kathy Shapell, the Executive Director at the Augusta Levy Learning Center. “It’s one of the major concerns of some of our families that their child will get out.”
The forms to fill out are available at the Wheeling Police Department, the Wheeling Fire Department and the Augusta Levy Learning Center.