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autism2awesomeOne of our goals is to better-train first responders on how to respond to individuals on the spectrum.  We train first responders to practice safety for all parties involved and how to guide special needs individual to the appropriate service instead of incarceration.

Autism Awareness Training and Interaction Training for First Responders

autism awareness logoOur mission is to teach all First Responders how to effectively interact with individuals with autism. The specialized training we provide, will educate Firefighters, EMT's, Paramedics, Police Officers and Emergency Room Personal how to recognize people with autism. The training will give students the tools needed to effectively communicate with autistic individuals, as well as help reduce or eliminate dangerous behaviors. We will give the parents and caregivers of people with autism piece of mind, knowing that First Responders in their community are prepared for this type of emergency.

Brain Injury Association of New York State

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The staff of the Association can provide training and technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Training to school districts, including educators, athletic staff, school nurses, social workers and guidance counselors, on identifying and working with youth, including classroom strategies
  • Training to early childhood programs on brain injury and supports for young children
  • Training to domestic violence providers on TBI
  • Conference workshops and in-service trainings for associations and businesses
  • Technical assistance to service providers working with individuals with brain injury
  • Presentations to community-based organizations on brain injury prevention
  • Certification Training to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)
  • Other specific brain injury topics upon request, such as Concussion Management, Veterans and TBI, Brain Injury 101, and Supports for Families after Brain Injury

Disability Awareness Training 

Most people want to show respect and sensitivity to people with disabilities. But they simply don’t know how, and with good reason: amid dozens of disabilities and millions who have them, there is so much to know that it overwhelms most people.

That’s where David Whalen comes in.

An engaging speaker with nearly 20 years in the field of disabilities, he strips down the complex issues to their understandable essence — and clearly communicates the steps anyone can take to respond properly to people with disabilities.

Moreover, because every organization is different, every seminar is different. Whalen customizes his presentations to the specific issues, sensitivities, and level of awareness within each organization.

As a result, you get precisely the seminar your organization needs. Your people get an up close look at the lives of people with disabilities — and a wealth of tips for treating them with respect. Your organization becomes more welcoming — and better able to attract a greater diversity of experience and talent.

Group Home Awareness for the Fire Service

nygov logoThe program is a three hour long course bringing awareness to New York States fire service about group homes housing individuals with developmental disabilities. The course provides instruction on the history of group home fires in New York, legislation and regulations affecting group homes, fire protection systems in group homes, firefighting hazards and considerations, and disability awareness training. The program is comprised of two hours of classroom instruction, and one hour visiting local group homes. The course provides two hours of in-service training for Code Enforcement Officials, however, it is designed for firefighters.

Anyone interested in hosting the program should call the NYS DHSES Office for Fire Prevention and Control at 518-474-6746 and ask for the Inspections and Investigations Branch.

Identifying & Assessing Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Guidelines for EMS and Health Care Providers

phl logo3The target audience for this program includes community and health professionals that are likely to respond when there is a head injury, such as EMTs, physicians, nurses and school-based medical professionals, as well as personnel in trauma and urgent care centers and other health care facilities. The program will present information on the incidence of mild traumatic brain injury, the populations most impacted by such injuries and the signs/symptoms of mild TBI. Viewers will learn about a pre-hospital assessment that can be used to determine the presence of a possible TBI and how to respond to these cases. THIS COURSE IS WORTH 1 CEU FOR EMS.

Including People With Disabilities & Others With Access & Functional Needs in Disaster Operations

FEMA logo 2The purpose of this course is to increase awareness and understanding of the need for full inclusion of disaster survivors and FEMA staff who are people with disabilities, and people with access and functional needs. The course provides an overview of disabilities and access and functional needs and explains how disaster staff can apply inclusive practices in their disaster assignments.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing and mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) Education Calendar

NENA Logo PMS185 OutAs The Voice of 9-1-1™, NENA is on the forefront of all emergency communications issues. The association serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. With more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1, as well as international three-digit emergency communications systems.

NENA works with 9-1-1 professionals nationwide, public policy leaders, emergency services and telecommunications industry partners, like-minded public safety associations, and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives, to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system, and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications.

Through the association’s efforts to provide effective and efficient public safety solutions, NENA strives to protect human life, preserve property, and maintain the security of our communities.

NENA has vetted 911 Dispatch Disability Awareness Training and added it to their training catalog.

New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps

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New York State is offering courses for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Courses will be offered on multiple dates and locations around the state.

Overcoming the Darkness

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It is the mission of Overcoming the Darkness to reduce stigma, increase understanding surrounding the many challenges of mental health related issues, create a culture that openly discusses the topic of mental illness, suicide and suicide related behavior, and above all proclaim that there is hope and that a level of recovery is available to everyone, so that individuals and families will no longer need to suffer in silence.

Parsons Child and Family Center: Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute

  1. "Therapeutic Response: Initial Training" - A behavioral de-escalation and early intervention program customized specifically to the needs of school districts. Using evidence based practice and the extensive experience of Parsons Master Trainers, this program is designed to assist the broad array of personnel dedicated to teaching children and youth.
  2. "Therapeutic Response: Re-Certification" - Includes physical and verbal intervention. This should be considered for any staff who wish to maintain certification in physical intervention techniques, as well as provide a solid foundation with supervised practice in de-escalation skills. To maintain certification once the original training is completed, staff must be re-certified every year after.
  3. "Customized Trainings"
  4. "Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Posttension Trainings"

"Responding to Alzheimer's Disease: Techniques for Law Enforcement and First Responders"

IACPThe IACP Alzheimer’s Initiatives training program is dedicated to providing public safety administrators, law enforcement officers, supervisors and executives, firefighters, EMS, EMT, and others from the first responder community with the most current Alzheimer’s and dementia training available.

Universal Design Education

This site supports educators and students in their teaching and study of universal design. Universal design is an approach to the design of all products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation.

"When Words are Not Enough" - Communications Training Program for First Responders

The Woodside Fire Protection District (WFPD) in Woodside, California, along with the Commission for Disabilities for San Mateo County and the San Mateo County Special Education Local Planning Agency (SELPA), developed an educational tool to teach responders simple methods for emergency communications with people who have disabilities and special needs. The program includes a video, written manual, communication booklet, and poster. The manual provides basic information about individuals with disabilities and communication difficulties. The booklet is easy-to-assemble and includes 10 key communication words in English and Spanish, with American Sign Language instructions.