New program to help those with autism, Down syndrome, dementia and Alzheimer’s

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Police in Johnson County have created a new autism training center in Prairie Village, Kan.

The "Take Me Home" program is designed to help those who have trouble communicating due to autism, Down syndrome, dementia and Alzheimer's.

The program is a database for officers to use if someone gets lost. The database includes a picture, disability info, physical description and contact information to help officers get the child or person back to their family quickly.

Johnson County police have adorned one of their patrol cars with logos to show their support and bring awareness to the program. On the top of the patrol car is the puzzle piece logo for autism awareness and along the side of the vehicle above the front wheels the logo for the "Take Me Home" program.

The department revealed the car at a block party in Gardner where folks kicked off autism awareness month with a big cookout. Those in attendance seemed to enjoy the officers' support.

Autism society of the heartland ex. Dir. Jennifer Smith said the program an invaluable resource for families with developmentally disabled members.

The "Take Me Home" program is a free and open to Johnson County residents, if you want more info or to sign up go to jocosheriff.org.

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