On Tuesday, October 17th, Arc Seneca Cayuga, Ontario ARC, Lyons National Bank and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department will be offering a free training conference for law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel to demonstrate how best to respond to an emergency involving an individual with autism. The training will be held at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee Road, Auburn. There will be two sessions: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for law enforcement personnel and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for fire and rescue personnel. Food and refreshments will be provided; there is no fee for this training.
Seneca County Sheriff, Tim Luce, is excited about providing this opportunity, stating, “This is a great opportunity for first responders to learn and gain experience in handling the diverse community in which we live.”
Captain William Cannata, Jr., Coordinator of the Autism and Law Enforcement Coalition (ALEC), and Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe of the Pensacola Police Department and founder of the Take Me Home program, will conduct the training. As experts in their fields, as well as the parents of children with autism, they bring professional and firsthand personal experience to their presentations. Kaitlyn Laskowski, Senior Mental Health Clinical Therapist for the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center and Debbie Rickerson, Probation Officer Assistant for the Seneca County Probation Department, are expecting attendees from Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Wayne and Yates Counties.