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A training program to teach first responder firefighters to recognize the symptoms of autism at an emergency scene is expanding from Massachusetts, where it has been in place since 2005, to 13 other states, including Oklahoma and West Virginia, The Boston Globe is reporting.

In Massachusetts, the training program is paired with family events designed to introduce children with autism to the police and firefighters they might eventually meet in an emergency.  At these events, parents are urged to have fire drills, work out exit plans, and register with their local police and fire departments so first responders know a person with autism lives in the home.