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Mar 16, 2017

Update on ALEC and The Arc of South Norfolk

We wanted to reach out to our donors to thank you for being so supportive of our work!  As April 2017 approaches, we have scheduled several trainings for local Fire and Police Departments.  Throughout Norfolk County, you will see Autism Awareness ribbon magnets with The Arc of South Norfolk logo on them on all the cruisers and fire vehicles- we are so pleased our local fire and police departments will be participating in Autism Awareness Month in 2017!!!

We have been able to increase the number of trainings we offer outside of Massachusetts with funding we receive from you- our supporters!  You have made a huge difference in training First Responders on the best practices for emergency situations involving people with Autism- Thank you!!! 

With our expansion from YOUR SUPPORT, we have been approached by The Ruderman Family Foundation to collaborate with them.  They are an international disability advocacy organization and they believe in The ALEC Program at The Arc of South Norfolk.  They want to help us foster a deeper understanding of Autism amongst First Response agencies and ensure the safety of ALL citizens.  Thank you for helping us create awareness!

We will continue to keep you informed about our program.  Below is the March 2017 training schedule:

March 2017 Training

Suffolk County Sheriffs, Chelsea, MA
ADDP-Framingham, MA
CTIA Conference, Burlington, MA
MPTC Police Recruits, Randolph, MA
Cambridge, MA Police CIT
Chesterfield, MA, Fire Dept.
SEMTA Police Reserves, Swansea, MA
MPTC Police Recruits, Springfield, MA
SSPI Police Training Center, Foxboro, MA
Taunton, MA CCIT Training
University of New Haven, CT Regional Police Training

Again, we thank you for your support!  We greatly appreciate you being a part of our success!

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!

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