The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) supports the autism community.
AAS is aware of the need for crisis supports and resources for first responders and other professionals who work with autistic people. Safety is paramount when an autistic person, child or adult, is in crisis. Procedures and protocols designed for first responders to use with the general public risk harming autistic people. Training in what autism is, how autistic people communicate, and the proper way to help them is the first step to take in diffusing a crisis situation. The Autism and Suicide committee of AAS has developed resources for professionals to use to help autistic people in crisis. A free downloadable crisis toolkit can be found on our website here.