Marion County Ambulance District is supporting the autism community in the area, whether by providing Special Needs Tracking and Awareness Response System (S.T.A.R.S.) in the area or hosting meetings for Easter Seals Midwest.
MCAD paramedics and EMTs will be participating in the Shine-A-Light on Autism Lighthouse Challenge on the morning of Saturday April 29, at the Hannibal Lighthouse. The MCAD/Cardinal Glennon ambulance will be on display and a representative will be available to enroll kids in the STARS program. One of MCAD's ambulances will be on display/stand-by in case of injury during the athletic challenge.
During the month of April, MCAD has rebranded its emergency response transport units in support of autism awareness and to demonstrate its long-term commitment to the autism community in the area. Some MCAD personnel have been wearing duty shirts, branded with the same logo, to demonstrate their personal support.
Personnel are additionally receiving specialized training, offered through MU's Fire and Rescue Training Institute and The Thompson Center, regarding responding and caring for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.