CALCUTTA, Ohio (WKBN) – St. Clair Township Police is hosting its second annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 24 to help raise funds for the local Beaver School District’s Multiple Disabilities Unit.
They will be handing out free window stickers that read “Occupied with Special Needs” which can alert police or other emergency responders that someone inside a home or car may not understand why. the policeman is there and reacting in a way that endangers everyone involved. .
“Often we walk into situations not knowing that people with special needs are involved. The officer may misunderstand why the person is unresponsive or reacts in an agitated or aggressive manner due to a disability such as autism,” St. Claire Police Chief Brian McKenzie said. “The stickers give emergency personnel a warning to be aware and respond appropriately.”
McKenzie said handing out the stickers is just one of the activities planned for the event at the local Beaver High School track.
There will be an autism walk on the trail and opportunities to learn more about autism. Kids can play on several inflatables at a Sunshine Party Rental Fun Zone sponsored by the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities. T-shirts for the event can also be purchased.
The event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is supported by a number of local sponsors.
Free stickers can also be picked up at St. Clair Police Station or CCBDD offices in Lisbon.
Last year’s event raised $4,557 to purchase special adaptive equipment for children with multiple disabilities in the local school district of Beaver, McKenzie said.
For more information on Autism Awareness Day, window decals and related matters, please contact Herman Potts at 330-386-3585 ext. 136 or by email at [email protected]