Law Enforcement/First Responder Training
Individuals with autism may be scared or anxious in emergency situations just like any other individual, but at times they may exhibit levels of anxiety or – at the other extreme – a lack of comprehension or awareness when confronted with a dangerous or emergency situation. For an individual with communication difficulties, it can be even harder. It is important that police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel know what to do for our loved ones. We are proud to take part in providing opportunities for law enforcement and first responder training. For more details and current training programs, please go HERE.
BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screenings
As our loved ones grow up and interact in the community, they need to be able to communicate their needs in a variety of situations. Having confidence to interact with authorities such as police officers is an important skill and a necessary one when they need help in trouble situations or when they wander, are confused, or are anxious. We are partnering with other agencies in our area and in the state of Maryland to help provide training for teens and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disorders as they transition into community life. For details about BE SAFE, please go HERE.
St. Mary’s County Functional Needs Registry
In 2016 our group was contacted by the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services and Technology to assist in the development of a Functional Needs Registry for St. Mary’s County citizens who needed a little extra help in emergency situations. This Registry is available to any individual with a disability, including mobility issues or Alzheimer’s, not just autism. For a link and more information, please go HERE.