YMCA to host autism seminars

YMCA of Greenwich will host two training seminars on how to react in an emergency situation with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at both a morning and an evening session on May 21.

Both seminars will be led by Bill Cannata, a Massachusetts firefighter, a public fire and life safety instructor and the father of a son with autism. Mr. Cannata is the founder of Autism Law Enforcement Coalition (ALEC), which designed this educational program, recently featured on NBC’s Today Show.

The morning session, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be geared toward first responders; firefighters, police and EMS personnel. Topics covered will be identifying the characteristics of behaviors of a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, special tactics, rescue techniques and how to effectively communicate with a person with autism in an emergency.

The evening session, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., will be geared toward anyone who wishes to learn how to interact in an emergency situation with a person, child or adult, with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Both sessions will be held at the YMCA of Greenwich’s second floor meeting room. The events are free of charge to all attendees.

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