(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 12, 2008 - Emergency medical personnel would receive autism training under a bill passed today by the Indiana Senate. State Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) was a co-author of House Bill 1171, which passed the Senate by a 47-0 vote.
"People with autism require special care and treatment," said Rep. Bell. "Autistic people are very sensitive, and may not respond to treatment like most other people. They are often frightened by people they don't know, and this can be especially difficult for EMS personnel and autistic patients.
"The training course would allow emergency responders to be prepared to treat the patient, easing the situation for everyone."
This bill would require emergency medical services personnel to successfully complete a course of education and training on autism beginning January 1, 2009.
The bill has now passed the House and the Senate but was amended in the Senate. It will now return to the House for concurrence.
Rep. Bell encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or write him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.