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Autism Safety Zone - Winter 2016 Newsletter - What's New with ASET

Good News for Maine!


Autism Speaks recently announced that ASET is the recipient of TWO local grants to do more autism safety trainings for first responders & community members.  One of the grants is for our work in Maine. We are estimating that we will be able to provide 9-10 trainings at little or no cost to the host agencies. We have been contacted by many school systems and first responder agencies regarding this training. To this date, we have 6 groups identified to receive the training, either fully or partially funded by the grant.  If you are interested in hosting a training, please contact us as soon as possible.  The grant period will run through Feb. 28, 2017.
 
Upcoming Trainings...

3/1/16 - RSU 38 Emergency Team Training, Readfield, ME

3/10/16 - Maine Forest Service, Augusta, ME

3/12/16 - Southern Maine Autism Conference - breakout speaker - Autism & Safety

3/17/16 - CIT Training, Hancock County, ME

3/25/16 - ME Autism Leadership Team training breakout session (north) - sponsored by ME Autism Institute for Education & research (MAIER)

3/29/16 - ME Autism Leadership Team training breakout session (south) - sponsored by MAIER

3/31/16 - Sonoma County Park Service, Santa Rosa, CA - Park Rangers & First Responders

4/14/16 - CIT Training, Oxford County, ME

4/26/16 - Speaker at International Crisis Intervention Team Conference in Chicago, Il, "How to Make Your Autism Presentation a Life-Saver"

4/29/16 - Presque Isle, ME - Community Training - sponsored by Aroostook Autism Support Group 

4/30/16 - Presque Isle, ME - Keynote Speaker, Autism Challenge Weekend 

5/5/16 - MSAD75, sponsored by ME Autism Leadership Team - Community Training, Topsham, ME 

6/7/16 - Fargo,  ND - First Responders & Community Wide Training (date tentative)

6/8/16 - Grand Forks, ND - 
First Responders & Community Wide Training (date tentative)

6/9/16 - Bismarck, ND, - First Responders & Community Wide Training (date tentative) 

Knox Regional Communication Center, Rockland, ME - TBD 

Brewer, ME School Department - TBD

Augusta, ME School Department - TBD

RSU #50, Stacyville, ME - TBD


 

Matt Retired as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer!


A MESSAGE FROM MATT:

On September 11, 2015, I retired after 25 years of service as a U. S. Probation Officer, the last 18 of those years in the Portland, ME field office. My job entailed the supervision of individuals released from federal prison. Most of the offenders I worked with suffered from serious drug and mental health issues. The last year of my career I supervised our drug court program. 

I transitioned to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Maine, as the coordinator of the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team Training) program. CIT is a 40 hour course on mental illness, specifically geared towards law enforcement officers. The course is designed to provide officers the tools necessary to interact safely with individuals with both mental illness and developmental disabilities, including Autism.
 
I've worked with NAMI as a volunteer for years and developed the autism training for the CIT program, so it is a natural fit for me and I'm excited for this new chapter in my life. I'm grateful for a long, productive law enforcement career, and to my wife and kids who dealt with all the late nights, weekend work and stress. This April, I will be doing a breakout session at the International CIT Conference in Chicago about "How to make your Autism Presentation a Life-Saver."

My new job is providing me with the flexibility to provide more autism trainings and I'm really looking forward to that!  2016 will prove to be a busy year thanks to the grant money!
 

ASET received two local grants from Autism Speaks!

ASET's efforts in
North Dakota
We are bringing our training to North Dakota, thanks to our second local grant received from Autism SpeaksNancy and I were beyond excited to learn that we were awarded a local grant to bring our autism safety training to the three largest cities in North Dakota!

Over 3 yrs ago, a devoted mom with two kids on the spectrum from Grafton, North Dakota contacted us about the lack of training there, and we vowed somehow and someday we would make it happen. There had been a tragic drowning of an 11 year old boy with Autism in East Grand Forks which prompted the woman to contact us. We feel so grateful that we can now keep our promise and provide training to an area that needs it! We hope to travel there in June conducting training in Grand Forks, Fargo, and Bismarck. 

NEW Autism Guide for Parents!
The Maine Autism Institute for Education & Research (MAIER) recently released Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorderwhich is "a parent-friendly guide, a “roadmap” of sorts, to assist Maine families as they navigate the autism journey."  It has gotten wonderful feedback so far and is being distributed all over the state to doctors' offices, schools, libraries & more.  Even if you are not from Maine, there are parts of this publication that parents would still find helpful. Click here to learn how to download all 3 booklets or to request a paper copy. ASET is a proud contributor of the safety section included in Booklet 3.  It was wonderful working with MAIER on such an important endeavor!  
2015:
A Deadly Year
Sadly, in 2015, there were 32 fatal wandering
incidences which is the highest number ever recorderd by the 
National Autism Association...read more

About Matt Brown and ASET:


Matt Brown is a 26 yr. veteran of law enforcement, who for the past ten years, has trained over 5,000 police officers, firefighters, and other first responders, as well as educators, on preventing, recognizing, and responding to crisis situations involving persons on the autism spectrum.  His combination of experience as both a retired law enforcement officer and the proud father of a child on the autism spectrum provides him with the credibility needed to tackle this challenging issue and inspire communities to begin autism safety programs in their local areas.  He is also the owner and founder of ASET, AUTISM SAFETY EDUCATION & TRAINING, www.aset911.com, which provides  much needed training nationwide.
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