Because ASD’s affect more than the individual diagnosed, ASC recognizes the need for on-going community education, outreach and training.
Just as we aim to support families throughout their journey, ASC will provide support, training and education for professionals in our communities. Many professionals work side by side with children or adults on the spectrum, and may not know how to best serve them, or how to bring out the individuals best strengths. By providing education, training, and community outreach, ASC can support those that work closest with those affected by autism spectrum disorders.
ASC provides professional trainings for emergency responders as well- those that are first on the scene in case of an emergency, or crisis situation. By working with local law enforcement, fire fighters, EMT's and others, ASC is working to nurture the compassion and dedication that so many of these first responders already have.
Reaching out to First Responders is one tip of the triangle. We need to reach out to the dispatchers, administrators, and policy makers too, to further knowledge and understaning of autism spectrum disorders and how ASD's affect the lives of so many in our communities.
The third tip of the triangle is parents, family members, and friends and neighbors. By preparing families for emergencies and helping them to know what information First Responders will be looking for and expecting, ASC is working to complete the information loop- thereby preparing our communities to better support those affected by ASD's together.
For more information on First Responder Trainings, or to schedule a training for your staff, please contact Kristina Uvalle, Community Coordinator, at 805-763-1100 or Juli Miller, Executive Director, at 805-235-6596.