American Association of Suicidology Releases Innovative Autism Resource

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, October 23, 2018 / -- The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is pleased to announce the release of a resource to support autistic individuals during a crisis, specifically when interacting with crisis intervention services. This tool is the result of an innovative collaboration between AAS’s Autism and Suicide Committee and Common Ground, a crisis center located in Pontiac, MI. “Crisis Supports for the Autism Community” is available for free through the AAS Website.

The purpose of the toolkit is to enhance potential communications or interactions between crisis center personnel and those on the autism spectrum utilizing their services. The toolkit will allow crisis center personnel to be better equipped in building rapport with autistic individuals, ensuring more effective intervention.

“Common Ground’s core purpose is helping people move from crisis to hope - and that means all people. There are nuances in the type of crisis supports needed by the Autism community, and AAS guidance is necessary and appreciated. People with Autism are not immune to crises, and It is important that our crisis staff are better prepared to serve people on the Autism spectrum. We are honored to collaborate with AAS on these guidelines,” said Heather Rae, President & CEO, Common Ground.

AAS is distributing digital versions of this resource to all of its accredited crisis centers across the country, and is highly encouraging all crisis centers to integrate it into their training, policies, and protocols for staff and volunteers.

"As a co-chair of the AAS Autism and Suicide Committee, I'm excited about the release of the ‘Crisis Supports for the Autism Community’ resource, a first-of-its-kind autism-friendly resource developed to help people on the spectrum in crisis who call or text a crisis center,” said Lisa Morgan, M.Ed., CAS, author of the new toolkit. “I'm thankful to everyone at AAS who has helped bring this resource to fruition and to the Common Ground crisis center for being the first organization to utilize the resource."

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About AAS: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes suicide as a research discipline, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at and

Colleen Creighton
American Association of Suicidology
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