Autism Pensacola is partnering with the Pensacola Police Department to present a free first-responder autism training Feb. 6-8. The five-hour training, held at the PPD station at 711 Hayne Street, is offered over three days as a way to maximize the opportunities for attendance.
The day-long training is geared toward law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, EMTs, social workers, teachers and those who want to learn more about autism and ways to make our community safer.
The guest speakers will include Capt. Bill Cannata and Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe.
Donohoe of the Pensacola Police Department is the creator of the Take Me Home Program, which is used nationwide. Cannata is a 34-year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. Now retired, he is the program director of the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition.
Both sit on the Autism Society of America’s Safe & Sound Task Force and are also fathers with children on the autism spectrum.
Registration is required by Feb. 2 and is available