For those with Disabilities
AFYI understands the need for training about Autism of First Responders, physicians, hospitals, urgent care centers, nurses, lawyers, judges, parole workers, as well as business owners and community workers. Just as important is the need for training of those on the Autism Spectrum and others with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities about safety and what First Responders require of them. That is why we have developed Free training programs and resources to help teach each about the other’s needs and the meaning of their words and actions. This website is dedicated to that training. Please check out the resources, videos and FirstForward.com training site for First Responders. We will be adding more training programs as they are developed.
For First Responders
Online-Two training programs for first responders are currently available online for free. www.firstforward.com is hosting our trainings so that all law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMS, School Resource Officers, and Search and Rescue can learn about safely interacting with those with Autism. One is a 15 minute narrated powerpoint and the other is a 2 hour training with test.
In-person training is also available as well as trainer to trainer. Arrangements can be made for training by calling 301-367-1042. But not just first responders need training. Teachers, nurses, doctors, waiters and waitresses, clerks at the store, hairdressers, barbers, bank tellers, and transportation staff all should be aware of how to effectively and safely interact with those on the Autism Spectrum. Those businesses receiving training will be given a decal indicating they are autism friendly.,