can you buy antabuse online My wife Nancy and I launched Autism Safety Education & Training in 2012 to enable us to continue a mission I started over 12 years ago to educate law enforcement and other first responders on protecting and safely interacting with persons on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. What started as an effort to provide some basic training to police in Maine back in 2004, has become a much broader effort to educate other first responders, such as firefighters, EMTs, dispatchers, correctional officers, search and rescue units, school personnel, the judicial system and other community partners. The Autism Society of Maine was the driving force behind the original training program, which I developed after having the good fortune of attending a training session in 2003, put on by Dennis Debbaudt. Working with the Autism Society of Maine, we were able to develop a program that was approved by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, and was made mandatory for all law enforcement officers in the state. Additionally, I became an Instructor and subject matter expert at the academy, and have presented the training to all new classes of recruits since 2007. It has also become a standard part of the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program led by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and I have presented a 2 hour block for CIT classes in the state since 2006.
Over these past 12 years, thousands of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, correctional officers, dispatchers and educators have received the training. As I recently retired from a 25 year career in state and federal law enforcement, my goal is to continue to provide this training here in the state of Maine, but also in other states and/or countries. It is clear, as the number of persons affected by autism spectrum disorders continues to increase at a dramatic rate, the need will become more acute. It is equally clear that, despite the efforts of many dedicated parents and autism advocates, there is much work remaining to be done, and many areas where this training has never been implemented. Nancy and I are excited as we launch this new phase of our lives, and are looking forward to traveling to other states to provide this critical, potentially life-saving training.