From the Chicago Sun-Times: Services are being set up throughout Illinois under a new "premise alert program" that allows families to contact their local police or fire department and submit information about someone who may need special attention in an emergency: a child with autism, a parent with Alzheimer's, a teenager who can't hear.

The program, signed into law Aug. 28, says that if a 911 call center has the proper technology, it must accept information on people with disabilities and share that information with police, fire- fighters and paramedics in an emergency.

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