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Sep 18, 2017

ALEC Update

With September upon us, our training schedule is picking up!  We continue to travel across Massachusetts hosting trainings for police, fire and EMS.  We will be branching out to school systems to also meet with security staff and educators to address emergency preparedness for people with autism in the event of an emergency in a school setting.

In Connecticut, they have passed legislation that will mandate training for police officers regarding autism spectrum disorders.  One of our trainers will be working with the lead legislator that fought to get this mandate passed to discuss how ALEC can help be a part of this.  We will keep you posted on the progress in expanding further into the state of Connecticut with our training program!

We will be formally evaluating our ALEC program this fall as well in conjunction with The University of New Haven, so we can begin to pursue corporate partnerships and sponsorships to bring our program even further.  Our long-term goal is to show the effectiveness of the program through our formal evaluation and push to make ALEC the national model for training first responders on autism spectrum disorders.

Jun 15, 2017

Forging Ahead!

ALEC Team with Orange County First Responders
ALEC Team with Orange County First Responders

As our Fiscal Year 2017 comes to a close, we are excited to update you all and let you know that we have now officially surpassed the 37,000 mark for the number of First Responders ALEC has trained on Autism Spectrum Disorders!  We are incredibly proud of this, and hope that by June of 2018, we will have trained over 40,000 First Responders with our program!!!  With funds raised with this project, we have trained First Responders in Orange County, NY in collaboration with the Gregg Atlas Foundation, as well as Suffield, CT Police, Fire and EMS.

On Tuesday, June 20th, we will bring our team of 16 consultants/trainers together to update our curriculum, and create a new component of the ALEC offerings- ASET, which stands for Autism Safety Education and Training.  Starting in September 2017, our goal is to start within Norfolk County, MA and train school personnel on keeping students diagnosed with Autism safe during crisis situations.  We are excited to partner with Matt Brown of Maine, who created the program, and is now a member of the ALEC Team.  As a reminder, each of our consultants/trainers in the ALEC Program are First Responders who KNOW the line of work who also have a family member diagnosed with Autism.  The professional and personal knowledge make our program effective.

To that end, we are in active negotiations with The University of New Haven to perform a formal evaluation of our program.  This will help us secure more corporate and foundation money by showing concrete, measurable outcomes and data for our ALEC Program.

We are incredibly grateful for your support- we couldn't do it without you!  Thank you for recognizing the work we do, and being a part of keeping our community safer- for First Responders, for people diagnosed with Autism, and the community at large.


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!

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