April is Autism Awareness Month. In observance, the Autism NOW Center (The National Autism Resource and Information Center) hosted a webinar recently on the topic, “Preparing for Fires and Other Emergencies.” I was a co-presenter, along with Chris Lacy of Autism Alert, which provides autism awareness training for first responders. I covered the topic of fire safety during my presentation, focusing on the Public Education Division’s fire safety social story for children who have autism, “I Know My Fire Safety Plan.” During the webinar, people who have autism, their families, and caregivers learned how the social story can be used to prepare a high-functioning child with autism or a person with other developmental disabilities before a fire occurs. I also shared information about other educational materials available for people with disabilities, and our safety tips sheets for people with disabilities.
NFPA's Sharon Gamache and Judy Comoletti host the "Getting to Know Fire Prevention Week" webinar.
Grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the “Emmy Award” (hee, hee) winning 2011 "Getting to Know Fire Prevention Week" webinar. Sharon Gamache, Amy LeBeau and I conducted this informative session for nearly 200 educators on September 14. We highlighted exciting new information on the FPW website including classroom lesson plans, kids and families activities and materials for high-risk populations.