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.

Mark Vernarelli, Director of Community Engagement of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services invited Dr. and Joyce Benjamin to speak with a panel of Parole and Probation Officers at their Headquarters in Reisterstown, MD. It was a very impressive team of managers and agents in various capacities and divisions. What started as informational about the AFYI’s National Registry, became more about awareness of the many aspects where safety of those on the Autism Spectrum, including those already in the criminal justice system,  needs to be addressed. How do we accommodate our Autism Population when they break the law? Is general population jail really the only place to hold someone who continues to break the law, but is wired in such a way that punishment doesn’t deter the behavior. Instead, jail sets them up to be a victim. Seclusion worsens their social skills for when they are released back into society. Those with Autism learn differently and need frequent reminders of rules, laws, and social expectations. As AFYI Org expands its  awareness of safety issues confronting those on the Autism Spectrum, we will seek to bring awareness to those in power who can address these needs. We are very appreciative of this opportunity to learn more about what is currently being done, and the opportunity to assist those who can address the needs.

What a great event put on by The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland. It was great seeing how many in the community were supporting their efforts and donating baskets for silent auction. There were many vendors there donating a portion of their proceeds to the area non-profits  supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We look forward to working with them as they support their local Autism Community and First Responders in awareness. A big thank you to our volunteers for helping in the effort to spread the word about the National Registry. Look at our other pictures to see what a great time everyone had.

We had the pleasure and honor to meet with Kate Rollason and Kristen Lasker from The ARC of Chesapeake today. They were so helpful and supportive the National Registry and our products. Their offer to assist with tips for success was more than appreciated. We look forward to future meetings with them. Wonderful team at The ARC of Chesapeake.

Delegation Meeting

Fri. Mar 25, 2016 9:30am – 10:30am (Recurring)
6 Bladen Street Annapolis, MD. 21401

Please join us. 


Colonel Brian P. Foley- Garrison Commander- Ft. Meade

John Nowlin- Jovian Concepts- Cellular Data Collection

Dr. James R. Benjamin- Autism FYI

View Agenda

Siena 841-3402
We want to thank the Delegation for inviting us to speak. They expressed their gratitude for our efforts to encourage de-escalation of Law Enforcement in their approach to those on the Autism Spectrum and at the same time offering a way to help keep them safe to do so. 

On March 4, 2016 AFYI met with

Carolyn Boston, Vice-ChairBoard of Education Member, District 6  Prince George’s County Public Schools 


and Dr. Gwendolyn Mason Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services to present Autism FYI National Registry and how it can help them as well as the Autism Community. Their level of interest and support was encouraging and we hope to be able to spread the word about the Registry with take home pamphlets to the students. We look forward to working with the PGCPS System.



We met with Dr. Abilla Tazanu yesterday to introduce ourselves personally and to meet the ED of One World Center for Autism. We learned about the great work she and her staff are doing for the Autism Community of Prince George’s County. She is a Pediatrician doing testing and screening for children suspected of being on the Autism Spectrum. She has many wonderful programs for the families as well as those on the Autism Spectrum, educating them to the many hurdles and challenges encountered with a diagnosis of ASD.

We are excited to be a part of their Embrace our World Multicultural Autism Awareness Celebration on April 30 from 12-3 at Prince George’s Community College. Prince George’s County is very lucky to have her organization to turn to for help and support of their Autism Community. We look forward to partnering with them in our support of those with ASD.  

Autism FYI Org has been very busy this year. If you haven’t been following all year, here is a summary of who we have seen and where we went.

We met with the following people in person During January  – March 4th, 2016:

  • The League for People with Disabilities (1/5/2016)
    David A. Greenberg, President  & CEO
  • Workforce & Youth Development -The League for People with Disabilities
    Marsha L. Legg, Vice-President
  • Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA)
    Lt. Daniel B. Lasher – President
  • Director of Operations – Allegany County Sheriff’s Office –Detention Center (1/12/2016)
    Lisa Borges, Executive Director
  • The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.  –   conference Call  (1/26/2016 )
  • The Dan Marino Foundation  – Conference Call (1/26/2016 )
    Susan Morantes, Director of Campus and Community Engagement
  • Maryland State Delegate District 23A – Prince Georges County (2/2/2016)
    The Honorable Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D)
  • Maryland State Delegate District 28, Charles County (2/2/2016)
    Edith Patterson, Maryland Delegate
  • Office of the Honorable Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk
    Delegate of Maryland, District 21: Prince George’s & Anne Arundel Counties (2/9/2016)
    Tim Lawrence, Legislative Aide
  • Disability Independence Group, Inc. (2/9/2016)
    Deborah Dietz, Executive Director
  • Delegate of Maryland, District 11- Baltimore County (2/22/2016)
    The Honorable Dan Morhaim (D)
  • Delegate of Maryland, District 32 – Anne Arundel County (2/23/2016)
    The Honorable Mark Chang (D)
  • Garvey Senior Activity CenterSt. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services (2/25/2016)
    Beth Sandberg, Senior Administrative Coordinator
  • Delegate of Maryland, District 32: Anne Arundel County  (2/26/2016)
    Honorable Theodore Sophocleus (D)
  • Attended Prince George’s County Police Department Press Release:
    Present 900 Decals to Police Chief Stawinski  (3/1/2016)
  • Board of Education Member, District 6 – Prince George’s County Public Schools
    Carolyn Boston, Vice-Chair
  • For Special Education and Student Services – Prince George’s County Public School    3/4/2016
    Dr. Jessie B. Mason, Associate Superintendent


One World Center for Autism, Inc: Dr. Abila Tazanu:   Monday, March 7th, 2016 @ 3;00 pm – Conference Call

Rise for Autism Foundation: Ms. Cheryl Antilitz, Executive Director:
To Discuss Autism Awareness Month Collaboration: Fair May 1st 2016 @ Ruth Eason Elementary School