Autism Awareness Open House Recap

Posted April 20, 2018 in Your Community by Anna Subler

The Hilliard Division of Police opened its doors to the community last Saturday, April 14, for its third annual Autism Awareness Open House, a free event aimed toward introducing children and adults on the autism spectrum to police officers and their environment.

The event, which took place days after World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, provided participants the opportunity to socialize with First Responders. Children were able to get an up-close look at police cars and Norwich Township fire trucks, as well as police and fire gear, in a calm and reassuring environment.

The event allows for positive relationship building between First Responders and those on the autism spectrum. Among the other attending agencies were Norwich Township Fire Department, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Autism Society of Central Ohio.

Check out the story in ThisWeek news, “Hilliard Police Officers ‘Break Down Barriers’ with Autism Awareness Event,” here: