ASGO has been hosting Autism Awareness Trainings for Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders for the past 8+ years. With the rate of autism increasing to 1 out of 68 children, the rate of police interactions has also increased. In 2013, ASGO’s Autism Awareness Training took off as the officers began to see the true need of being trained in autism. ASGO has been able to work directly with our local law enforcement officer agencies to diffuse many situations. But, there are many other officers and departments who greatly need this training. It is imperative that we train as many officers, departments, and agencies as possible so that they have the knowledge and skills to interact with those on the autism spectrum. The more officers that are trained, the safer the situation is for everyone.
The intended audience would include local sheriffs, police departments, fire departments, store security guards, school resource officers, probation officers, state attorneys, etc. The training consists of classroom training and interactions with individuals with autism.
ASGO is proud to have trained personnel from the outstanding agencies and organizations listed here.
Reservations are now being accepted for our next training class which will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Renaissance Senior Center in Orlando. Training Brochure. Registration Form.
Autism is a complex development disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 68 individuals. Today there are approximately 10,000 individuals with some form of autism in Central Florida. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not effect the chance of autism's occurrence. Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. The disorder makes it hard for them to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. More Info
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ASGO has established a social skills and employability skills group made up of ASGO members with autism. This program is designed to help our individuals with autism learn real life, functional, and independent living skills. We accomplish this through activities that are scheduled every other Thursday out in the community at different venues. More Info
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Check out our 2014 Year In Review to see all of the wonderful events that your donations have sponsored.
- January 7, 2015 – Art Therapy Class – January Session Begins
- January 24, 2015 – Disney Quest
- February 28, 2015 – Best Damn Race
- March 20 - 22, 2015 – Lakeridge Winery's Seafood & Wine Festival benefitting ASGO
- April 4, 2015 – Sea of Dreams
- May 30, 2015 – ASGO 10th Annual Autism Walk
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