Safe and Sound Autism Awareness Training for the Community

Join Ontario ARC and the Arc of Seneca Cayuga for the Safe & Sound 1st Responder Training Family/Community Session on October 16th at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES,1879 West Genesee Street Rd. Auburn, NY 13021, from 7pm to 9pm.

This session is an informal discussion provided by 1st Responders to help prepare families who have a loved one on the spectrum when they encounter 1st responders and instruct them on what they can do to in emergency situations. Family members and caregivers will be instructed on what preventive measures can be taken to help with future encounters with 1st Responders. They will be taught the importance of communicating to the 1st Responders the individual needs of their loved one. They will learn the importance of looking at water sources when a person with autism elopes. They will be taught the different programs that are available for people that elope, including but not limited to, the Take Me Home Program, A Child is Missing, Project Lifesaver, Medic Alert and the Escambia Search and Rescue program.

Sgt. Donohoe and Capt. Cannata, Jr have trained thousands of 1st responders nationally. They have pioneered and implemented programs that have been taught and have saved lives. Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe of the Pensacola Police Department and Retired Captain Bill Cannata of the Westwood Fire Department deliver the training as experts in their fields and also, as parents of a child with autism. They share professional and first-hand personal experiences to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone involved.

Space is limited so please submit your RSVP to Diane Van Derwater via email or phone at or 585-919-2148

This event is sponsored by Ontario ARC and the Arc of Seneca Cayuga.

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