Fire/Rescue Autism is dedicated to increase Autism Awareness for the First Responders. Our members have trained over 20,000 firefighters and EMT's in the United States in Autism Awareness and we have given First Responders the tools necessary to mitigate incidents that they may come across. We are available to assist your department or organization in setting up a training cycle to present this very important topic. It is up to you to be proactive as this effects 1 in 50 (CDC Statistic) people today and it is growing at a rate of 10 - 15% per year. It is not a matter of IF you will come in contact with someone from the Autism Community, it is most definitely WHEN you do.
Bill Cannata is a Captain with the Westwood MA Fire Department and is The Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition Coordinator (ALEC). The ALEC Project is supported in part with funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Autism Spectrum Division. Bill has presented in tandem with Dennis Debbaudt and Judge Kim Taylor at conferences in Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, and Florida and is a consultant to the Autism, Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services video. He has presented for the Alabama Fire Chief's Association and in other areas of the U.S. and in Australia