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Special needs decals strive for awareness
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Have you ever been pulled over by an officer and it causes your special someone stress? Have you ever worried that in the event of an accident your child or adult with special needs would be left unattended?

To help with these types of situations, McMinnville Special Games is offering a free window decal to any family with a special needs adult or child.

This event will take place this Saturday, Nov. 10, at Three Star Mall from 9 a.m. until noon. The sheriff’s department, police department, and ambulance service, along with Special Games volunteers, will be applying decals and serving refreshments.

“We hope to raise special needs awareness and give families with special needs loved ones a little peace of mind knowing that our emergency responders will approach the special child or adult accordingly,” said event coordinator Holly McBride.

The decals alert officers and first-responders to people with autism or other special needs that may result in communication barriers. The bright yellow decal reads “Passenger with special needs on board! In an emergency, occupant may: not respond, be unaware of danger, resist help.”  

Many parents with special needs children in our community support this campaign, including Dana Mullican, whose 19-year-old son has autism.

She feels the decal will help with public awareness.

“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” said Mullican. “When children or adults are unable to communicate verbally, it’s a wonderful way for first-responders to realize there may be odd behaviors. Sometimes it’s assumed that those with disabilities can communicate because of their age, but that’s not always the case.”

As for local law enforcement and first-responders, many are anxious to learn more about our special needs community.

“I think this will be super helpful in an emergency situation,” explained Warren County EMS Joey Clark.  “We survey the scene and something like that would automatically get our attention and we’d know to properly interact.”

For more information regarding this event or any McMinnville Special Games event, call Holly McBride at 808-8816.