Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition – Parent Forum
April 22, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Old Metairie Library
2350 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70001
The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is pleased to offer a FREE parent forum in conjunction with Autism and Law Enforcement Coalition (ALEC) and the Autism Society’s Safe and Sound ® Campaign, with retired firefighter Captain William Cannata, Jr., from Westwood, MA and Police Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe from the Pensacola, FL Police Department, both parents of children with autism. More information on the presenters is provided below.
The two-hour Parent Forum will focus on issues such as wandering, internet safety, disclosure to local first responder agencies, as well as tools available to parents to be prepared for emergencies, followed by a discussion with the presenters of the concerns that parents may have for their children.Please RSVP by April 21st at Noon via our “Contact Us” page. Please try to arrive 15 minutes before the training session begins. Refreshments will be provided. Click HERE to download and print a flyer.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Training for First RespondersApril 23, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Old Metairie Library 2350 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70001
The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is pleased to offer a FREE training for Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue Officers, Dispatchers, and Civilian Employees. The 4 hour session to First Responders will focus on tools for agencies to address autism-related field contacts; communication and behavior; sensory issues; de-escalation techniques; arrest, restraint, and custody issues.
Throughout our communities, children and adults with autism are living, going to school, working and enjoying recreational activities. Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent, with 1 in 68 children diagnosed with Autism. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans strives to improve the lives touched by autism in every aspect throughout the lifespan and to raise awareness and acceptance by promoting education, advocacy, and equal access to services.Please RSVP by April 21st at Noon via our “Contact Us” page. Please try to arrive 30 minutes before the training session begins. Refreshments will be provided. Click HERE to download and print a flyer.
Captain William Cannata, Jr., Retired, has been a member of the fire service for more than 30 years and is the Program Director of the “Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC)” formed in 2003. He is also the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder.
Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the “Take Me Home Program,” a database where participants who are unable to speak or properly identify themselves to police officers, register with a photo, physical description, and contact information so first responders can provide special assistance that may be required when contact with a person with autism occurs.