We are moving along with great momentum for 2016, with lots of collaborations with local First Response agencies throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island!
In April, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, ALEC will be presenting at a 2-day state-wide conference for First Responders, parents, educators and other related professionals. ALEC will be presenting on what autism is, how to identify a person diagnosed with autism in an emergency situation, as well as what families and caregivers can do to prepare their loved ones for an emergency situation. A special parent-component is scheduled in the evening of the 2-day conference where ALEC presenters will help families fill out special biographical forms and educate them on how to communicate their loved ones needs with their own local First Responders.
In April we will also be presenting at a conference in New York focused on Fire and Police personnel. We have presented at this conference in the past, and have been asked to return due to the tremendous response from First Response agencies.
Our ongoing collaborations with Autism Society of America in South Carolina remains, and we will be visiting in the spring to help them develop their own training curriculum for First Response agencies.
It is the private funds that you support us with that enable us to bring our program to other states throughout the U.S. We are grateful for your continued support- you help make this special initiative a reality and we are thankful for all you do.
We will continue hosting trainings throughout Massachusetts with the use of state dollars- we are currently working with The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities in a proposal that will enable ALEC to go into local and state hospitals to prepare emergency rooms to better serve people with ASD during a medical emergency.
Thank you again for all you do, and on behalf of the ALEC team and all of us at The Arc of South Norfolk, we wish you a Happy and Healthy 2016!