Seatbelt Covers #autismawareness
On August 27th, the ALEC Program and Family Autism Center were presented with 200 Seatbelt Covers from Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott and his Chief of Staff Gregory Casey. Thank you for keeping our families safe! We will be distributing these to families who need them from our Family Autism Center (FAC) and Family Support programs.
In a recent survey conducted by FAC, 31 people registered for a seatbelt cover. Results from the survey indicated parent responses that a majority of their loved ones; could not unbuckle themselves; were non-verbal; may wander or bolt when out of a vehicle; and, most importantly (all 31 stated) that their children may not comply with or answer a First Responder. This information supports the work of ALEC and the need for training of First Responders. ALEC continues to work with partners in an effort to communicate with departments about individuals who may have a disability. Seatbelt Covers were created with funding from The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Here are a list of the Police Departments in Norfolk County that have seat belt covers at their stations:
*Brookline, Norwood and Sharon have them, but their stations are not yet open to the public due to Covid precautions.
Bailey's Team for Autism Award: ALEC would like to acknowledge support from Baiely's Team in 2020! https://www.baileysteam.org/projects-funded.html. Bailey's Team was founded by Sammi Robertson and has supported local projects with more than $1.2 million in grants for autism research, awareness, education and programming. Bailey's Team for Autism supported the ALEC program with a grant in the amount of $10,000 to continue their work in New England, specifically focused on the partnership with the Providence, Rhode Island Police and Fire Departments.