OPELIKA, Ala. — Friday morning, almost 100 members of the regulation enforcement group and first responders from Alabama and Georgia attended the third annual Autism Risk and Safety Management Training.
For the occasion organizer, Luanne Helms, her 18-year-previous son, Jake, served because the inspiration for the occasion. Jake has non-verbal autism and was recognized when she was two years previous. A number of years in the past, she needed to deliver training to first responders in her group. Since then, the occasion has grown in attendance annually, and it one thing she could be very pleased with.
“It’s one of the most important things I do in the autism community,” Helms stated. “If this can help one family that needs a first responders assistance, it is well worth it.”
Those in attendance discovered efficient approaches on tips on how to work together with those that have autism.
Dennis Debbaudt led the training session. Debbaudt has a 34-year-previous son with autism. He has been conducting these training periods since 1995 when he offered the primary autism training on the Detroit Police Academy.
“As a parent of young man who has autism, this is a mission for me,” Debbaudt stated. “When I learned this information didn’t exist in 1991, I made it a mission to find out about it and report what I’ve found and share it with others.”
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones calls this training essential for all members of regulation enforcement.
“The more knowledge we have as first responders in regards to the specific needs of this particular group in our population, then the better service we can provide,” Sheriff Jones stated. “It’s certainly something I think all public safety, all first responders need to avail themselves of.”
Helms stated she hopes to supply one other session in a few months and is working to have the ability to lead training periods herself.