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Roslindale Firehouse to host emergency preparedness event for people with autism spectrum disorders

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  March 20, 2013 06:27 PM

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On Saturday, the Roslindale Firehouse will host a community day for community members diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or related developmental disabilities and their friends, families, and caregivers, City Councilor Robert Consalvo announced Wednesday.

This open house will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23, at the firehouse at 945 Canterbury St. Emergency responders will answer questions about how to prepare for emergencies that involve family or friends dealing with these disorders.

Representatives will also be present from LoJack Safey Net, the Till Autism Support Center in Dedham, the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club/Project BIND, MBTA Transit Police, and North Star.

Families will have a chance to see equipment and vehicles that would be used in an emergency and to take home information and supplies to help educate their loved ones on what to do in a crisis.

A second open house will take place at the Dorchester Firehouse at 301 Neponset St. from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 6.

The open house is co-sponsored by Consalvo and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and is offered through a collaboration between the ALEC Program of the Arc of South Norfolk, the Boston City Council, Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Boston EMS, and the Till Autism Support Center.

For more information or to register, contact Betsy Roche, director of the Family Autism Center at the Arc of South Norfolk, at 781-762-4001, extension 310, or eroche@arcsouthnorfolk.org.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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