Gary Hobbie, Community & Development Services Director Supervisor
Disability Response Training
The City of Salina Community Relations Division, Salina Police Department, Salina Fire Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Accessibility Advisory Board, and members of a Leadership Salina project team, have partnered to provide training courses to help first-responders, City of Salina and Saline County employees, and community members recognize characteristics of disabilities, and learn how to most effectively interact with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
“This training course is the result of a partnership between agencies and leaders in the community that have recognized the need of educating service personnel and businesses in Salina to better understand individuals with disabilities, and to learn effective ways to better serve their needs through positive interactions and support,” said Sheila Mortimer, Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (CKCIE) Coordinator and former Autism Consultant.
A 2014 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States have been identified with ASD. On a more broad scale, according to a comprehensive report released in 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau, about 56.7 million people (19 percent of the population) had a disability in 2010.
Training courses for the Salina Police Department, Salina Fire Department, and Saline County Sheriff’s Office will occur December 6 and 13 from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office Training Center. Training courses for City and County employees and community members will be held on future dates.
Steve Rivers, Community Relations Division Supervisor and American Disability Act (ADA) Coordinator, said that the training is timely due to state and national incidents between first-responders and individuals with disabilities. “Even though we haven’t had any incidents occur in the Salina community, we want to be proactive.
For more information regarding training courses or this initiative, contact Steve Rivers by phone at (785) 309-5745, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For statistics visit www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html, www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html, and www.autism-society.org/what-is/facts-and-statistics/.