SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — On April 17, Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy announced a new initiative to alert first responders that a special needs individual may be inside a residence or vehicle that the responder has encountered.

According to the sheriff’s office, individuals with a variety of special needs, including the list below, can request a ‘Respond with Care’ sticker to display on their vehicle or residence to alert law enforcement, fire or EMS personnel to make possible accommodations.

  • Autism
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Mobility/physical visibility
  • Sensory issues
  • Cognitive differences

The department asks the stickers be placed in a prominent location on or near the front door of a residence and on the rear window, preferably the driver’s side, of a vehicle.

Caregivers or individuals with special needs are asked to call 423-279-6064 to request a ‘Respond with Care’ sticker.