WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Thursday Is Autism Night Out With Montgomery County Police

Play associated audio
At the event on Thursday, police will hand out t-shirts that say, "If I am alone, call 911."
Montgomery County Police
At the event on Thursday, police will hand out t-shirts that say, "If I am alone, call 911."

This week police in Montgomery County are highlighting autism awareness.

Cases of autistic children and adults walking away from their homes and getting lost is on the rise not just in Montgomery County, but nationwide. Officer Laurie Reyes of the county police says says parents and care givers can help police make finding missing autistic people easier with a few easy steps. One is to write down a "911 script" in advance.

"Under stress you might forget certain information about your child. If you have a script prepared ahead of time, you can just read it to the officers. And say where the child likes to go, where the child has gone before, what will calm the child down in the event an officer locates them," she says.

Reyes will also have more information about bracelets that can track a person up to a mile from their home during Thursday's "Autism Night Out" at the Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg. T-shirts that say "If I am alone, call 911" will be handed out.

NPR

At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund — and an apology.
NPR

How Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical poet, who hated slavery but loved tea.
NPR

Privacy Advocates To Senate Cyber Security Bill

The Senate is considering a bill to make it easier for businesses and the government to share data about cyber threats. Proponents say it would enhance security; opponents call it surveillance.
NPR

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.