What can we do to teach Police, Lawyers, Judges, First Responders, and Teachers about Autism? Arresting a 10 year old with Autism without telling the Mother, without telling the officers that he is Autistic, should be against the human rights of the 10 year old since he is not capable of understanding what he did would warrant this level of punishment, and his only advocate…his mother, wasn’t informed to explain it to him. AFYI is trying to help change this. 


Natasha Seaforth AFYI Administrator and Dr. Benjamin man the booth at NSA Winter Conference at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. It was very well attended and AFYI met many organizations and Sheriffs from other states, anxious to partner and work with us to help educated their deputies and community about Autism. 


Dr. James Benjamin and NSA Executive Director Jonathan Thompson reconnect after a year since our last meeting. NSA continues to support AFYI in our endeavor to bring awareness to the Law enforcement community about Autism and the challenges it can present. 


Dr. Benjamin and Fred G. Wilson,MA  NSA Director of Outreach and Law Enforcement Relations share AFYI’s accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year. 

Autism FYI’s Inaugural “Autumn Auction for Autism FYI” was a successful enjoyable event. From the Mistress of Ceremonies Stephanie Gaines-Bryant, to the pianist Dillon, all of the speakers and entertainment was thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening. When we left, we all had a little better understanding and appreciation for the many talents and challenges met by those on the Autism Spectrum. Here are some of the highlights of the evening. We want to thank all of the volunteers who made this night flow so easily. 

Back to school night was quite successful for the students and parents of Seat Pleasant Elementary. Vendors including Autism FYI Org. were there to greet them with information. This school is a great level 5 school accommodating those with special needs in a great way. We hope to see them at the Autism Conference in April 2017.

Landover Hills Chief of Police Henry Norris hosted the community’s Night Out event at the Station and Community Center. There was a pretty good turn out from the community. There was also the Bomb Squad and Vehicle, Motorcycle Squad,  Canine Police, and the local police to share fun, demonstrations, food and information with the community. AFYI was there to offer information to the community about the registry and how it can help .