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Search and Rescue for Autism program to host Launch & Learn

By CFF Staff   

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Sept. 21, 2020 – Autism Canada has announced it will be hosting a free and virtual launch of the Search and Rescue for Autism (SARA) program on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

Search and Rescue for Autism was created to help prevent people from becoming lost due to wandering and bolting. Built on a foundation of prevention materials and specially designed technical training, this program will help both families and Search and Rescue (SAR) professionals recognize the particular vulnerabilities of the autistic community. The Search and Rescue for Autism program presents a thorough guide through related topics like autistic behaviours, managing a search for an autistic and the safe preparation for events, day trips, and vacations. The training is for anyone who manages an environment in which autistics are participating including parks, forests, malls, schools and businesses.

The Search and Rescue for Autism Launch and Learn will have two components. Led by Shanyn Silinski, Search and Rescue for Autism Program Manager, the first session will be for First Responders and families/caregivers of autistics. The second session will primarily be for First Responders and SAR volunteers. The early session has an emphasis on prevention and community building, while the later has discussions around the technical training offered by Autism Canada and Search and Rescue for Autism.

To register and for more information about this free and virtual session, visit:


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