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Friday, November 27, 2015

This past July, we were ecstatic to partner with Surf For All, great organization of volunteers who believe that the ocean should be accessible to everyone! Participants from our Residential, Day Hab, and Parent Center programs were able to attend this trip and learn to hang ten. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to offer van transportation and purchase meals for this all day trip. Join our donors in sponsoring events like this on #GivingTuesday! READ MORE >>

Parent Center

Welcome to the Metropolitan Parent Center
The Metropolitan Parent Center (MPC) is one of only four Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIC) in all of New York State, providing information, training, and one-to-one support to families of children ages 0-26 with the full range of disabilities, and to the professionals who work with them. The MPC helps parents gain the skills and knowledge to help their children develop academic and functional skills that lead to independent productive adult lives.
Funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Metropolitan Parent Center is part of a nationwide network of Parent Training and Information Centers in the United States, as well as a member of the NYS Parent Center Network. READ MORE >>

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BUDGET INITIATIVE: Statewide Autism Training Program for Law Enforcement and First Responders

New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation State Budget Brief
May 07, 2018

OVERVIEW: A statewide autism training program to ensure appropriate recognition and response techniques for handling emergency situations involving people with autism and/or developmental disabilities has been established through the enacted 2018-19 State Budget.
The NYS Office of People With Developmental Disabilities along with the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the NYS Municipal Police Training Council and the NYS Division of State Police, in consultation with the NYS Department of Health, are tasked with developing the training program and training materials. Individuals to receive the mandatory training include: firefighters (paid and volunteer), police officers (new and veteran), emergency medical personnel. Emergency medical personnel such as first responders, technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians and emergency vehicle operators will also be subject to training. 
Appropriate response techniques for situations involving children and adults with autism will be created and such training may be developed as an on-line program.
BACKGROUND: According to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, chair of the Assembly’s Subcommittee on Autism Spectrum Disorders and author of the legislation, 1 in 68 children are born with autism each year in the United States. He drafted the legislation to bring attention to areas that require specialized training so that professionals are more prepared to react appropriately in differing situations.
CURRENT STATE BUDGET: The enacted State budget includes $250,000 to fund the Autism Training program.

The statutory requirements are to take effect in the fall of 2018.
To download a PDF version of the information contained in this email, click here.