Autism Registry - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Autism Registry?

The Autism Registry is a Midland Police project to help identify those people in the community who, if in contact with the Police may be better dealt with if officers have an understanding of their special needs. The program promotes communication and gives police quick access to critical information about a registered person with Autism in a police emergency by capturing information such as a full description, routine/favourite attractions, communication and other special needs as well as emergency contact information.

Where Can I Complete The Registry Form?

The Autism Registry online form has been published on this website.

If I don't live in Midland, can I still register my child/dependent adult on the registry?

If the person you are registering attends school, daycare or other activities or regularly attends the Town of Midland then you should register him or her.

If the registered person does not regularly attend Midland then there would be no benefit to registering. Other police jurisdictions will not have access to the registry so reporting an incident in another jurisdiction will be quicker if you follow their process for taking reports.

Will the information be available to emergency responders as soon as I send the registration?

The registration form will need to be entered into a number of policing systems in order to capture all relevant information. It is hoped that this process will be quick but it may take up to 2 weeks to be fully processed. You will receive a confirmation with an “Occurrence Number” for your future reference for updates, renewals, calls for service, etc.

After I receive my confirmation "Occurrence Number" will I need to quote this number when I call the police?

No, you will not need to have this “Occurrence Number” immediately at hand. During high stress situations there is no expectation that you remember the number, but merely that the individual has been registered. The Midland Police Service will be able to verify the information using the person’s name or address once we have been advised of the registration.

Who has access to the registry?

Midland Police personnel who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to the information. There are strict regulations with respect to accessing and disseminating information.

Can I update my profile more than every year if there are changes? How do I do that?

You may, however, only information that has a significant impact on policing response will be necessary. Some examples would include a change in address, school, or emergency contact. You do not need to report a change in hair cut or colour, for example, as the police are familiar with the changes that can be made and are more likely to notice height, weight and eye colour. You can send changes to 65@police.midland.on.ca

Will I be notified when the annual renewal is required?

No, the renewals are the sole responsibility of the parent/reporting person. It is recommended that you renew the registration during the month of the registrant’s birthday.

How will this registry help if my child/dependent adult goes missing?

If the individual goes missing and is reported by the parent/guardian, information about his/her physical appearance, the most likely places where he/she would go to, as well as triggers, stimulants, and de-escalation techniques will be provided to every police officer in the area to look for the missing person.

What guarantees do we have that the interaction between our child/dependent adult and the police will be positive once he/she is registered?

There is no guarantee with this registry of positive outcome. The registry gives patrol officers the necessary information faster to begin searching. Also, if an officer comes across a "wandering" child who is unable to communicate, the officer, if they recognize the condition, can have the database queried for persons on the registry that live in the area.

What is important to stress is that simply having a person registered with the registry is not going to change police responses in every instance involving an individual with ASD. Police will act according to procedure depending on circumstances. An individual with ASD can still be arrested. In that case, being registered will assist police in contacting the correct people.