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Training session held at UMFK entitled "People with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Crisis Situations"

February 8, 2008


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will welcome Matt Brown, a United States Probation Officer and the father of a child with Autism, who will present two training sessions on interacting with people within the autism spectrum on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at UMFK’s Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The event is free and open to the public.       

The first session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Brown will address first responders, such as medical personnel, police officers and EMTs.  Participants will learn effective strategies in identifying and approaching people within the autism spectrum who are in a crisis situation.              

The second session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and is geared for family and community members. Brown will discuss strategies and techniques to use in order to help keep people within the autism spectrum safe in their home and community.   

The two sessions are unique, in that Brown draws from both his professional and personal experiences.  Although each session is aimed at a particular group, anyone who is interested can attend either or both times.      

The training is made available from the sponsorship from Parent to Parent of Maine, a program of Maine Parent Federation; the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Academic Outreach Office; and The Autism Society of Maine.           

For more information and to register, please call Catherine Jandreau, Maine Parent Federation at 834-7908 or 1-877-848-1253.  Certificates of participation will be provided.