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Family, Youth and Independence
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Queen Anne’s County EMS & Corrections Departments meet with Autism FYI Org.
Natasha Seaforth, Autism FYI Executive Administrator , Dr. James Benjamin and Joyce Benjamin toured Queen Anne’s County Emergency Headquarters and Communication’s Center. It was nothing short of amazing to see the many computer screens with different functions in the 911 communications process, being managed at the same time by a team of 5 people. They field calls and advise police, fire and EMS departments simultaneously as they watch the situations unfold. Training on Autism and how to manage an emergency involving someone with Autism is minimal at best. They were very receptive and willing to accept any and all training on the matter as well as the emblem and hotline available thru Autism FYI. We look forward to working with them in the near future.
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2015-12-01
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Queen Anne’s County Commissioners meet with Autism FYI Org.
Autism FYI’s team met with Queen Anne’s County Commissioners to tell about our program to help keep those on the Autism Spectrum safe in their community. Making them aware of the emblem and training of both Emergency responders and those on the Autism Spectrum when interacting with each other, was received as a welcomed and noble mission. They appreciated our efforts and will help as we bring the program to the Autism Community and their families.
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The new Risk Rate of Autism in Children.
According to Cari Nierenberg, Live Science Contributor in the  November 13, 2015, “About 1 in 45 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new government estimate of the condition’s prevalence in 2014. This new report is based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey, from interviews of parentsabout their children, and is the first report of the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014, according to the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
At this increasing rate, whether due to the order of questions asked in acquiring the data or not, most everyone will be touched by someone with Autism in their lifetime. What a blessing! Sometimes to appreciate what you have (abilities, opportunities, support, friends) you have to see what struggles someone else deals with. Inspiration and understanding are gained just by meeting someone with autism. Help keep them safe. When you interact with someone on the Autism Spectrum,
+Don’t touch them unless you ask if it’ s OK,
+Be calm,
+Give them time to process what you said or asked,
+Ask them to clarify what you said and be sure to clarify what you heard them to say,
+Offer to help them if they need it.
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2015-11-16
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Autism FYI Organization - Brochure and our preview of our National Registry Booklet 
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2015-11-16
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Maryland Nonprofit Association’s Annual Meeting is attended by The Benjamins.
This was our first time attending the Maryland Nonprofit Annual Conference. It was quite inspiring and much information was acquired on ways to help us succeed in our mission. The diversity among the many nonprofits represented and the Standards of Excellence given to those qualifying was impressive. Marylanders should be proud to have so many groups trying to do so much to help so many.
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2015-11-16
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Maryland Sheriff’s Association hears from Autism FYI Org.
Thursday November 12th, 2015, Michelle Reedy Ret. Sgt. PGPD and Liaison for Autism FYI Org. and Joyce Benjamin RN, COO presented at the Maryland Sheriff’s Association Meeting in Westminster, MD at the Public Safety Building. We appreciate the opportunity to share the message and intent of our program and how it can help them and those on the Autism Spectrum in an emergency situation or one where quick identification that special considerations are necessary would be helpful. We saw several of the Sheriff’s that we met with previously and hope to meet with others that were there.
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Talbot County Sheriff and EMS and Easton Police Department meet The Benjamins
Thank You for a GREAT meeting with Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble, Easton Police Lt. Mark Hrobar, and Talbot EMS Division Chief Brian K. LeCates! After a wet drive to Easton, we were hosted by Easton Police Department to have a joint conference with Talbot Sheriff and EMS Division to explain how Autism FYI National Registry plans to help make their jobs easier when interacting with those on the Autism Spectrum. Each of them offered suggestions for connections for us to help get the word out. They were willing to help post our program on their media newsletters, Facebook pages, and any other means of publicity as soon as we give them the word. We look forward to making some of those contacts in the near future.
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Maryland Governors Grants Conference
This was a very informative conference on both Federal and State Grants. New regulations have been implemented this year to ensure the available moneys that come through grants reach as many and help as many as possible. They are doing this through tighter controls on supervision of finances and visits to the grantees. Also, grant approval through not just a well written application but via need based as well.
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2015-11-12
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St. Mary’s County Administrator, EMS and Dept. of Aging and Human Services welcome Autism FYI Org.
We were welcomed by St. Mary’s  County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bolton Bridgett, Director of EMS Bob Kelly, and Director of the Department of Aging and Human Services Lori Jennings-Harris. They were very supportive about the program and Bob Kelly suggested we contact Emergency Number Systems Board. He already sent out notification to their Fire, Police and EMS about our program with a copy of the brochure. We are very appreciative for his assistance and cooperation as we work together to make the community safer for all.
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