Just in time to kick off Autism Awareness month in October 2013, the Niagara Regional Police, along with Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter, launched a voluntary online registry for the 5000+ individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the Niagara Region.
The goal of the Autism Registry is to promote communication between individuals and families with ASD and the NRP, in order to provide police quick access to critical information about a registered person with ASD in emergency situations. The registry can provide police with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, favourite attractions or special needs of the individual with ASD. This information can assist officers in communication with, attending a residence of, or dealing with an emergency involving an individual with ASD.
Starting October 1, 2013, individuals with ASD who live in the Niagara Region, or their guardians, can submit their information to the online registry. Once registration is submitted and processed, registrants can refer to their registration when requesting police services. This will assist patrol officers attending calls for service involving individuals with ASD.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE AUTISM REGISTRY.
What is the Autism Registry?
The Registry for People with Autism is a Niagara Regional Police project in partnership with Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter. The online registry promotes communication and gives police quick access to critical information about a registered person with autism in an emergency by collecting information such as a full physical description, routine/favourite attractions, communication and other special needs, as well as emergency contact information.
As soon as I submit the registration, will the information be immediately available in case police response is required?
No. The registration form will need to be entered into a number of policing systems in order to capture all relevant information. Registration forms may take up to two weeks to be fully processed.
Who has access to my child's profile?
Niagara Regional Police personnel who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to their personal information. There are strict regulations with respect to accessing and disseminating information. There is a Police Information Portal (PIP) that is shared by all police agencies; however, consent of the individual involved, or their parent/guardian, is required before any information is shared among police agencies.
Can I update my profile more than every year if there are changes? How do I do that?
You may update your profile more frequently; however, only information that has a significant impact on policing response will be necessary. Some examples would include: a change in address, school or emergency contact. You do not need to report a change in hair cut or colour, for example - the police are familiar with the changes that can be made, and are more likely to notice height, weight and eye colour.
Will I be notified when the annual renewal is required?
Renewals are the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian. It is recommended that you renew the registration within two weeks of the registrant's birthday.
How will this registry help if my child/dependant adult goes missing?
If the individual goes missing and is reported by the parent/guardian, information about his/her physical appearance, the most likely places where he/she would go, as well as triggers, stimulants and de-escalation techniques will be sent to every police officer in the area to look for the missing person.
For more information about the Autism Registry, please contact:
Autism Ontario - Niagara Region Chapter
(905) 682-2776 ext. 204
Inspector Mark McMullen
Niagara Regional Police Service
Executive Officer to the Chief