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The parents of special needs children joined police, firefighters and ambulance workers at the Bay Shore firehouse on 5th Avenue Monday to announce a new informational tool that will help first responders when arriving to the home of a special needs child or adult.
It’s called a Special Needs Person on Premises Alert Form, and it was developed by the Special Moms Network advocacy group, with input from the Suffolk County Police Department.
“These forms save lives, and it’s always about safety,” said Dana Deruvo Hanner, a Special Moms Network co-founder.
Although the program is in its beginning stages, families living in Suffolk County can submit the form to their local fire department or directly to the Special Moms Network, which will then distribute the forms to what they hope will be a growing list of participating entities, such as town halls and other police departments.
The Suffolk County Police Department is the first to be on board.
“This is a great program that will help us; the more information we can get before we arrive to a place, the better we’ll be able to serve,” said SCPD Officer John Wright said, who helped develop the form and coordinated the efforts between the advocacy group and the police department.