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Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition

by The Arc of South Norfolk
Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition
Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition
Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition
Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition
Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition
Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition
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.


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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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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!

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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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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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The Arc of South Norfolk

Location: Westwood, MA - USA
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Twitter: @arcsouthnorfolk
Project Leader:
Susan Tufts Kagan
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Westwood, MA United States
$5,521 raised of $10,000 goal
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