To date, the Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition has trained over 32,000 First Responders on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the best practices for crisis intervention strategies. With your help, we will continue to host trainings for Fire, Police, EMS and hospital room personnel at no cost to the First Response agencies being trained.
This training has been nationally recognized by First Response agencies as one of the best trainings on Autism Spectrum Disorders because the presenter has not only a personal/family relationship with someone diagnosed with Autism, but is also a First Responder themselves and knows the logistics of the job.
We thank you for your support of this great work, and with your help, we will make our communities safer for both people diagnosed with Autism and our local First Responders!
With 2015 upon us and the holiday season coming to a close, we wanted to reach out to you and say thank you for your generous support over the past several months. Thanks to the funds we raised through this project, we have been very busy!
During the fall, we expanded our Jump Trax program and invited children, teens and adults to participate in programs we ran in collaboration with a local trampoline park. It was a great way to get people up and moving in a safe, community-based program!
We also offered a toy making program before the holidays in collboration with another non-profit group, where we hosted an integrated arts and crafts day. Participants built their very own wooden toys, painted and decorated them alongside their family members. It was a wonderful day and with the spirit of the holidays, a heart warming event that promoted inclusion with the general public as well as the many families we serve here at Family Autism Center.
During the school vacation breaks, we offered activities like a train ride into Boston, a movie day event for the entire family, as well as general support to parents and caregivers who needed someone to talk to during the hectic times holidays and school vacations can sometimes bring.
We are humbled by your generosity, and promise to continue to offer the highest caliber of services for the families looking to us for support. Thank you so much for being a part of it, and Happy New Year!
This fall we were able to offer a variety of programs for individuals with autism and their families. These included Hiking (ages 12-21), Circles (Social Skills - ages 10-14) and CASS (Community Adventures Social Skills - ages 14-17). For adults ages 18-35, we offered Kickball, Explorers (community trips), Bowling and a Fall Dance. All of our programs were well-attended and everyone had a great time!
Coming later this month, we will hold an afterschool group at Launch Trampoline Park (ages 5-11). We have a great community partnership there and our families really enjoy it. Parents can drop off their child from 4:30-6:00pm and we provide necessary staffing. Kids will jump for an hour and have a pizza dinner. It is open to the public and it is a true integrated setting. Some parents often stick around and bring siblings and it is a nice afternoon for everyone...and they get some great exercise.
Our CASS & Explorers Saturday trips have included Cranberry Bog Tours, Indoor Mini-Golf and Coggleshall Farm Museum. These trips are from 10a-4p and include lunch at a local restaurant.
We continue to strive to use the generous funding you have provided to enchance the lives of those with autism & developmental disabilites. This means accessing and being part of the community!