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Yellow Dot Program Highlighted at Farm City Dinner

At the Annual Farm City Dinner Monday night, the Yellow Dot Program was highlighted, and details were provided as to how it has evolved since being organized last year. As part of their education pillar, Autism Advocates of Hancock County partnered with HC Farm Bureau Local Agent Kyle Culbreth and Domtar to provide educational books about autism to local children, as well as partnering with HC Public Libraries and the Cooperative Extension Office to educate the community on the Yellow Dot Program.

HC Chamber of Commerce President Chelsea Boling, Rachel Cox and Samantha Eckles began Autism Advocates last year. Their 3 pillar mission is to support, advocate and educate in order to make the community more inclusive for individuals with special needs.

The Yellow Dot Program was started in Hancock County for parents with autistic children to help first responders know how to help those children in times of need, such as in times of a car accident, and has now grown. It is a valuable tool that is available to anyone with a special need or specific health concern that may be traveling in Hancock County.

The HC Farm Bureau Board was gracious enough to train every first responder in Hancock County on how to use this tool. It is a simple trifold, and inside that trifold you can insert your information on what your needs or your child’s needs are, and it goes in your glovebox. It comes with a yellow sticker that goes on your windshield.

When a first responder sees that sticker, if you were ever in an accident they would be able to go to the glovebox and retrieve the trifold with information to better understand before they started treating someone what their needs are so that they don’t complicate things and maybe make the situation worse.

This program is helpful for individuals with a heart condition, diabetes or allergy, for instance, and equips first responders to know better how to interact with them and how to take care of them. People with autism may refuse help and not understand they are in danger, for example, and may try to run (elope) from the scene. First responders in HC are now trained in coping strategies for these situations and others, thanks to the organization of this program in the county.

For more information on the Yellow Dot Program, please go to: https://louisville.edu/education/kyautismtraining. For more information on Autism Advocates of Hancock County, email: autismadvocatesofhc@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook Page: Autism Advocates of Hancock County.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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