After reading this book you can really appreciate the extent to which personal safety relies on ones ability to communicate. I do believe the authors have succeeded in creating a guide which can be used for making the world a safer place for individuals with autism.
Dangerous Encounters states that most emergency workers know very little about autism and explains what to look for and how to handle successfully encounters with people who have autism. The authors take emergency responders and parents through typical day-to-day scenarios, focusing on safety and awareness, with guidelines that can be followed to help avoid the many problems that arise when encountering autism in emergencies. This approach makes the book a good training tool for emergency responders.
Bill masterfully translates and suggests how to interpret common behaviors of people with autism for law enforcers, rescue personnel and other first responders. However, all people desiring a deeper understanding in making the world a safer and more understandable place for people with autism will benefit greatly from reading Dangerous Encounters. Bill's use of indoor shopping malls and other everyday surroundings for learning vital social skills are just some of the brilliant tools mentioned for parents and others working with people on the autism spectrum.
Bill's book touches on so many important aspects that parents and the general public need to know about when they have a child with autism in their homes or in their community. There are helpful hints for both parents and professionals on how to handle emergency and safety situations and how to prepare for such events before your family ever would face them. Do you know what to do if your house is on fire? Will your child with autism respond properly to the firefighters? Will they respond properly to your child? Don't wait until you are in the situation. Bill Davis lays out a clear outline for both you and the professionals that can help your family. Take his advice and take the time to help educate those people in your neighborhood so that your family will be safe.