IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE WOULD BE VULNERABLE IN A CRISIS BECAUSE OF THEIR SENSORY, MOVEMENT, or COMMUNICATION DIFFERENCES, CONSIDER JOINING THIS VOLUNTARY REGISTRY TO ENSURE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE BEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO HELP KEEP YOU (AND THEM) SAFE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY OR CRISIS.
Autistic children and adults are at an increased risk of abuse, neglect, seclusion,
physical force and unnecessary restraints, which can lead to injury or death.
Individuals and families affected by autism or other neurodiversity may:
1) Register for the KEEP ME SAFE REGISTRY
2) Request KEEP ME SAFE DECALS to place on their home and/or car
to alert first responders that extra care and accommodations may be needed
in an emergency or crisis to help ensure the safety of a vulnerable individual and those responding.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN VANDERBURGH CO, INDIANA
If you are interested in bring this program to another community, contact Optimal Rhythms at 812.490.9401
If you or your loved one would be vulnerable (anxious, impulsive, dysregulated, unable to speak or communicate without assistance, hypersensitive to sights or sounds, combative, a flight risk, etc) in a crisis, consider joining the volunteer registry to ensure First Responders have access to the best information to help keep everyone safe in the event of
an emergency or crisis.
The information shared in the registry will then be provided to local dispatch for safe-keeping until it is needed. When a home or vehicle that is listed on the registry receives a 911 call or is involved in an accident or a traffic stop, First Responders are being trained to look for the KEEP ME SAFE Decal and indicate to dispatch if the home or car is registered. Dispatch will then provide valuable information to the First Responders on the call to ensure that they are best equipped to respond to the needs of the registered vulnerable person.
It is our mission to improve the lives of individual with sensory, motor, and communication challenges in our community who may be vulnerable in situations in which they experience stress, sensory overload, an inability to communicate reliably or be understood, etc. This registry is designed with these individuals in mind, paired with the desire of our local first responders to have good information about the needs of a vulnerable person as they attempt to interact with them in the community or provide support to them in a crisis.
To apply to be on the registry and to gain authorization to pick up your KEEP ME SAFE Decals, you will meet with a highly-trained and compassionate staff at Optimal Rhythms. They will assist you in completing the Registry Form, upload the vulnerable person's headshot, and provide you authorization for your decal(s).
Click on the link below to get started.
OUR STAFF ARE TRAINED AND READY TO HELP
Please have the following information ready and available to complete the registry form:
Dan Burgess, Autistic Self-Advocate
Josh Greiner, Autistic Self-Advocate
Ben Breaux, Autistic Self-Advocate
Noel Doogs, Autistic Self-Advocate
This resource has a been developed for the Vanderburgh Co community
through a collaboration between
Optimal Rhythms, Evansville Police Department,
Vanderburgh County Dispatch and Autism Evansville.
It can be downloaded and shared with those who may benefit.
If you would like to bring this program to your community, contact us.
An amended brochure can be created to support your community's registry.
If you believe this project is important,
please consider making a tax-deductible donation
to help support this complex effort that is serving
vulnerable persons and first responders in our community.
Optimal Rhythms, Inc is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and we rely on the concern and generosity of our community to maintain
our programs and services.