All first responder and law enforcement vehicles in Starke County will have picture communication boards, according to a social media statement from Starke County Sheriff Jack Rosa.

Through a grant provided by the Autism Society of American and Today’s Champions, the Autism Society of Indiana purchased the boards.

The communication boards will give police, fire fighters and EMS providers a way to communicate with a person who may be nonverbal, have limited English skills, have autism or other disabilities or mental health issues.

All participants also received a training video on how to implement the communication board, according to Rosa.

In the statement Rosa said “The Autism Society of Indiana and Today’s Champions recognizes the need for this type of assistance to first responders and the citizens of Indiana who struggle with communication and wants to provide communication boards for every law enforcement and first responder agency in the state of Indiana.”

For more information or to inquire about the communication boards, contact the Autism Society of Indiana at or