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Jan 3, 2017

2017 Update on ALEC

With the New Year upon us, we are busy planning trainings for the next 6 months.  We are excited to report that we have made steady gains in the area of training police officers, and have regularly scheduled trainings with the following agencies:

  • Springfield Police
  • Boston Police
  • Boston EMS
  • MBTA Police
  • South Suburban Police Institute 
  • State Police Recruits
  • West Boylston Police Academy
  • Western MA Police Academy
  • Randolph Police Academy
  • North Reading Police Academy
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

We hope to continue to expand upon our police program in 2017 and are proud of the progress we have made.  Thanks to your support, we offer trainings at these locations to police officers at no charge to the department or general public!  


On March 11th, Program Coordinator, Bill Cannata, will present on safety for people diagnosed with Autism and how to best prepare for an emergency situation at the Current Trends In Autism Conference.  This is a nationally accredited 3-day conference in Boston and we are excited that ALEC will be a part of it!

ALEC will be traveling to Florida in February to present in Pensacola to Fire, Police, EMS and TSA.  ALEC has been invited to Pensacola for several years now to present to local area First Responders.  

We are grateful for your support, and look forward to expanding the ALEC Program to additional states in 2017.  

Thank you for your support!

Sep 30, 2016

ALEC is expanding

We are excited to report that we are now up and running, hosting trainings for Mobile Crisis Units around The Commonwealth of Massachusetts!  These crisis units respond to emergency situations throughout the state and are funded by The Department of Mental Health.  These programs reached out to ALEC and requested our training so they could better support people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in emergency situations.  Our plan is to train each and every mobile crisis team over the course of the next couple of years- a lofty goal we know we can achieve with the help and support of you, our donors!

The goal of ALEC is to make the community safer and provide supports to First Responders to best meet the needs of people with autism in an emergency situation.  Our training provides First Responders with the basic strategies to ensure the safety of people with autism when they encounter First Responders.  We are proud to say we have now trained over 36,000 First Responders with our program, and our numbers continue to grow. 

The following is a list of trainings we have hosted in September, as well as our schedule for the next couple of months:


Boston EMS, Massport Fire Department, Mass National Guard Military Police, Milford Mobile Crisis Unit, Pittsfield Mobile Crisis Unit, Massachusetts Police Training Committee in Reading and Randolph, Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses, Somerville Crisis Intervention Team


Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, New Bedford Mobile Crisis Team, Greenwich, CT Parent Training, Glenham NY Fire Department, Georgia- 4 regional fire trainings in Atlanta and the surrounding areas, Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton MA


Andover Crisis Intervention Team, Monticello, NY First Resonders, Weston PD, Rhode Island Parent Training in Cranston, Statewide First Responder Training in Cranston, RI


West Palm Beach Florida Police, NERPI Police Academy


We are grateful for your support, and thank you for donating to our training program, enabling us to expand and continue with our mission to keep everyone safe!

Jul 1, 2016

Making people with ASD safer!

ALEC training in RI at ASA-RI conference
ALEC training in RI at ASA-RI conference

Thank you for supporting the ALEC Program at The Arc of South Norfolk!

These past few months have been busy ones for the ALEC team!  We have surpassed the 35,000 mark for the number of First Responders who have been trained with the ALEC curriculum.  We are very excited to report this, as we look to expand our program outside the borders of New England in 2017.

On June 30th, we closed our fiscal year and are happy to report that over the past year, ALEC has expanded within Massachusetts and has established several new collaborations with the First Response community.

We have secured a training spot with the mobile crisis units throughout the state to train their staff who are called upon during an emergency situation.  These staff will now have specific training relative to autism spectrum disorders that will help them assist families in crisis.  

We have reestablished our trainings with the Massachusetts State Police Academies, and just last week trained over 150 State Police recruits throughout the state.  We are excited that each new recruit entering the Massachusetts State Police will now have ALEC training to help them handle emergency situations that involve someone diagnosed with autism.

Over the summer months, ALEC will be looking to start an initiative with Boston EMS, local Police and Fire Departments and the mobile crisis units to compile data and outcomes of our model.  With this data, we can show exactly how effective our program continues to be for the First Response community and for people diagnosed with autism.

We will continue to pursue funding on a larger scale, as states throughout the US are requesting ALEC trainings.  We greatly appreciate the support you have given to our program.  Thank you for your generosity!

ALEC presenting at MA Autism Awareness Day
ALEC presenting at MA Autism Awareness Day
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