Park hopes 911 Ready bags improve encounters with individuals who have autism

Park hopes 911 Ready bags improve encounters with individuals who have autism

At right, Mimi’s Mission Executive Director Lisa Vilella demonstrates with Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Lt. Terry Hays, center, how a weighted blanket from the 911 Ready bags can be used to comfort someone. Officer James Thompson also participates in the training. GROSSE POINTE PARK — Public safety officers in Grosse Pointe Park now have a new tool to improve their interactions with people on the autism spectrum. In November, the department purchased 911 Ready bags for all department vehicles. Assembled by the Woodhaven-based nonprofit Mimi’s Mission, the bags contain a weighted blanket, a pair of noise-canceling headphones, a sensory noodle, squishy toys, snacks and a bottle of water. Lisa Vilella, executive director of Mimi’s Mission, explained that the items in the bags can be used to calm and bring comfort to those with autism. Communication can be a challenge for those on the autism spectrum — some are largely nonverbal — and the flashing lights, shiny badges and loud noises that may accompany an encounter with police or other first responders can trigger anxiety in someone with autism. Vilella said different items in the bag will soothe different people with autism — some may find relief from the […]

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