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Jun 29, 2015

ALEC Update

With the summer months upon us, The Arc of South Norfolk Family Autism Center's ALEC (Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition) is busy planning and scheduling trainings for First Responders throughout the United States.  In June, the Fire, EMS and Police components were updated with current stats on prevelance rates of autism, wandering and elopement stats, as well as success stories regarding our training along with stories that justify our training program and the work we do with ALEC.

Did you know that Autism Spectrum Disorders impact 1 in every 68 births?  Did you know that it is almost 5 times more common in boys than girls?  Did you know that 20-40% of all people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders also have a seizure disorder?  Did you know that nearly half of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders are prone to wandering?  Did you know that people with Autism tend to be attracted to water sources, and that accidental drowning accounts for approzimately 90% of lethal outcomes involving wandering?

These are the topics addressed in the ALEC trainings.  Presenters teach First Responders how to identify behaviors and characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders and give them strategies and techniques on how to best handle crisis situations with this special population.

With your continued support, ALEC will train First Responders, AT NO COST TO THE POLICE, FIRE OR EMS AGENCIES RECEIVING THE TRAININGS to better serve the community at large.

ALEC- keeping people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and First Responders safe.

Thank you for being a part of our success!  Since we first launched this project in an attempt to raise funds to support ALEC, we have surpassed the 34,000 mark for the number of First Responders we have trained with the ALEC Program.  We couldn't have done it without supporters like you!


May 7, 2015

Because of you- We did it!

Well, you have done it again!  We have reched our fundraising goal we put forth to you and your generosity has enabled us to meet and exceed our expectations!

We are so very happy to report that with your support we were able to:

  • Offer community-based programming during February and April school vacation weeks to over 100 children and teens and their families
  • Start a support group at a local Early Intervention organization where parents of children who are newly diagnosed with autism spectrum orders
  • provide outreach to other local organizations and make them aware that we are a resource for families and for people diagnosed with autism spectrum dirsorders
  • Provide Family Fun Days and continue to offer our social and recreational programming

We are so grateful for your support, and we hope you will continue to follow our organization and learn more about what we do at our website


We have posted a new project, Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC), and are looking for funds to continue our First Responder training intitiative.  To date, ALEC has trained over 35,000 First Responders and has received two grants from FEMA to bring their training to Fire Departments throughout the United States and to International Airports.  We hope you will continue to support us as we provide services to people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, both directly and indirectly through training and education as well as information and referrals.

Apr 14, 2015

Making a Difference!

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!


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