Zionsville Times Sentinel

Local News

May 1, 2013

Promoting safety

Whitestown Fire, autism center partner for book

Zionsville — April is National Autism Awareness month, and the Whitestown Fire Department is doing its share to recognize it.

WFD partnered with the Behavioral Analysis Center for Autism to develop a book for children with autism that teaches fire safety and prevention.

“A lot of our fire prevention programs are designed for school-aged children, but there’s never been one specific for children with autism,” said firefighter Johnny Baker. “We wanted to have one for (the students at BACA), and we want them to know us as their friends.”

Clinton Crafton, WFD division chief of EMS, said the idea for the book came after the firefighters visited the BACA facility when it opened.

“So much of the autism spectrum deals with sensory input and routine, and our hope is that they can put this book into their routine,” he said. “A fire drill and fire alarm are very sensory overload for children with autism, and our hope is that this will make it easier on the kids.”

Baker said by having the kids familiar with firefighters, it should make any fire event easier on them.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

1
Text Only
Local News
Order Times Sentinel photos


Photos from April 2014

Facebook
Twitter Updates
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide