Thank you Laurel Police Department for being so informed and active in your training and interactions with those on the Autism Spectrum. In today’s climate of fear of differences and one’s safety, knowing that the differences in how those on the Autism Spectrum may respond as well as how to recognize someone on the Autism Spectrum, is crucial for everyone’s safety. We commend the Laurel Police Chief for making it a priority of his department and the entire department for actively involving themselves in getting to know their community. Awareness, and familiarity with those on the spectrum in your community can make everyone more comfortable, less anxious and safer.
PGC Councilman Obie Patterson met with us Thursday, June 23rd to hear about our mission, progress and needs to continue serving the Autism Community of Prince Georges County and those that interact with them. He was impressed and very helpful with suggestions for continued growth and success in our endeavors. Afterward, we were able to meet with Brendon Lasker, Chief of Staff for County Council member Jamel Franklin. Brendon was very helpful as well and praised us for our entrepreneurship and well thought-out plan. He invited us join their district event July 30 at Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD to exhibit and show others in the county about us.
Police Chief John Nesky, Deputy Dwayne Preston and Cpl. Moten of Bowie City Police Department met with staff from Autism FYI Org to hear how they can partner together to help keep the Autism Community safe. Those with Autism do not respond the same way to being touched as others. Learning how to recognize someone on the Autism Spectrum and what to do to de-escalate a situation can be a very helpful skill. AFYI Registry members can wear an alert logo that lets officers know immediately that they are among those that need special considerations. This helps Police by providing them immediately with information that can help keep everyone safe. The Chief will look over the Power Point Presentation provided by Autism FYI Org and see if they can add something to their existing program to inform their officers. We appreciate their commitment to the Special Needs Community of Bowie.
What an amazing event in Washington , DC. Thank You Cecil Doggett for letting Autism FYI Org be part of this great Health Fair in the Michigan Park community. It was attended by health care agencies and providers as well as education and legal service providers. There was activities for the kids like bounce house, air slide, air climbing wall, snow cones, hot dogs, dance, exercise and meditation. It was a nice morning and a Hot Day but that didn’t stop the community members who came out to learn how they can help themselves be healthy.
Thank you Chief Gary Gardner for making the Autism Community safer and a priority in Howard County. We appreciated your time and attention to Autism FYI Org Tuesday 6/7/2016. Our mutual goals for keeping the Autism Community and the Law enforcement community safe at the end of the day was comforting. I applaud your reach for 100% crisis intervention training of HCPD officers. We hope that those that find the Autism FYI National Registry helpful will have the support and awareness of the Howard County PD to utilize the hotline, and decals for reminders.
Monday June 6,2016 Autism FYI Org met with Fairfax County Police Chief, Col.Edwin Roessler, Jr. and staff to present the National Registry and how it benefits both those on the Autism Spectrum and the Officers and First Responders that protect them. After seeing the products that are offered to registrants and the training and decals for First Responders, the team of Officers was anxious to get the program into Northern Virginia. Moving forward Michelle Reedy, Ret. Sgt. Prince George’s County Police Department and volunteer for AFYI, will work with Fairfax PD to augment their current training program with the services of AFYI National Registry. They will also notify their Fire&EMS teams and School Resource Officers, and Communications Branch. We are grateful for their acceptance and cooperation in making the Autism community safe.
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This letter went out to the officers of Prince Georges County with the decals to explain their partnership with Autism FYI National Registry in their commitment to keeping the Autism community and the Officers safe. We appreciate this partnership and hope each of the Law Enforcement agencies that have asked and received decals and the Power Point Presentation and link to our YouTube video of the presentation, will present similar information to their officers.
Dr. James Benjamin, Natasha Seaforth, and Michelle Reedy made another trip to Annapolis today. This time they met with the Honorable Edward Reilly, Senator for District 31 of Anne Arundel County. He was very supportive after listening to the mission of Autism FYI Org and the purpose of the AFYI National Registry. They explained the many products and ways the Registry supports its members and the First Responders that interact with them. After hearing that they were to meet with AAC Police Captain Frank Tewey on behalf of the Police Chief tomorrow, he insisted they mention the Senators support of this project.
Autism FYI Org was present at the Pre- conference for teachers and parents at International Meeting for Autism Research hosted by Kennedy Krieger at Towson University’s West Village Commons. It was very well attended and we were accompanied in Exhibit Hall by One World for Autism, aMuse Toys, Pathfinders, College Experience, Trellis, Verbal Beginnings, and Harbor Investments.
Prince George’s County Police Department
We want to thank Prince George’s County Police Department for coming to be part of a meet and greet at the One World for Autism’s event “Embrace our world” Saturday April 30th. It was quite successful and lots of families came out to support and celebrate those with Autism. What kind of world would we live in if every one was the same? Not nearly as good as when we are all different.
Thanks to Heery International, Inc. for their Very generous donation from the offices in Landover Maryland as well as Annapolis, MD. We also thank Sherri Hamby for her time she spent with us volunteering at the wonderful event. We met lots of wonderful families and the police were very warm to our attendees. They even learned something about Autism by being there.