HQ to be lit up blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day

HQ to be lit up blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day

Saturday 2 April 2016, starting at 8 p.m.

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, North Bay Police Service headquarters at 135 Princess Street West will be lit up blue starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday April 2nd, 2016.

“World Autism Awareness Day is an opportunity for us to remind those in our community of the existence of our online autism registry,” said Chief Shawn Devine, North Bay Police Service. “Having access to critical information that is specific to the needs of the individual with autism is of great value to our officers, especially in emergency situations.”

About the North Bay Police Service’s Online Autism Registry
In 2011, when the North Bay Police Service launched its autism registry, it became the second police service in Ontario and the third police service in Canada to do so. The goal of this voluntary registry is to provide local police officers with access to critical information about a registered individual living with autism in North Bay and Callander, in the event of an emergency situation.

The registry not only captures emergency contact information. It also provides police with a full physical description of the person with autism, as well as other characteristics such as his or her routine, favourite attractions, ways of communicating and other special needs.

This information becomes part of the North Bay Police Service’s records management system and is accessible to police here and across the country, giving caregivers piece of mind whether they are at home with the person with autism, or travelling with him or her away from home. To register or to learn more, visit northbaypolice.ca/services/autism-registry.

About Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also referred to as autism, is a neurological disorder which causes developmental disability. Autism affects the way the brain functions, resulting in difficulties with communication and social interaction, and unusual patterns of behaviour, activities and interests. To learn more, visit http://autismcanada.org.