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Questions to Ask if an Individual with Autism is Missing

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A resource for police officers and emergency personnel when dealing with a situation involving a missing individual. These questions are listed below as well as being available to download under the general information section.

  • Is the individual verbal?
  • Does the individual use a communication device?
  • Does the individual respond when their name is called?
  • Does the individual recognize dangerous situations?
  • Will search dogs scare the individual?
  • Is the individual bothered by loud noises? (sirens, megaphone, helicopter, etc.)
  • Does the individual have any sensory issues? (bothered by loud noises, bright lights, etc.)
  • Is there a history of bullying and where has the individual gone in the past when they have been bullied?
  • Do the neighbors know the individual and have you checked with them already?
  • How does the individual travel? (walk, bike, car, subway, etc.)
  • Do they have a cell phone or know how to use one?
  • Does the individual have any type of autism identifier? (ID bracelet or card)
  • Did you ever go over an emergency plan with them and what is it?
  • What is the best way to talk with the individual when we find them?
  • Is the individual employed? Have they been employed in the past? Where were they employed?
  • Are you aware of any video cameras nearby or in the neighborhood that may have captured images of the individual?
  • Do you know of any pools or other large bodies of water within the neighborhood?
  • Is there a friend/family member within the community that the individual spends time with?
  • Is there a place (park, restaurants, shopping center) the individual likes to visit?
  • Does the individual have a special interest? (Trains, Pokemon Cards…leads to where they might go…train station, Target for new cards, etc.)
  • Is there a place the individual likes to hide?

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.