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FREE TRAINING for First Responders: Autism Awareness, March 26 at Center for Lifelong Learning


First Responder’s Autism Awareness Training – Montgomery (Morning Session)

Dates: March 26, 2020

Meets: Thursday from 8:00 AM to 12 Noon

Location: Center for Lifelong Learning 159-160

APOST Hours: 4.00

Cost: $0.00

This training is open to law enforcement officers and other first responders and there is no cost to attend.

The morning and afternoon sessions are the same content, so please only register for one session.

APOST Hours: 4 hours

This First Responders Autism Awareness Training will discuss the interactions between first responders and the special-needs community members that have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Training Overview:

Learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its prevalence to first responders

Recognize characteristics and behaviors of persons with ASD

Learn tips for communicating with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Discuss common encounters with ASD individuals

Learn de-escalation strategies to maintain the first responder’s and the individual’s safety

Instructor: Alana Williams

As a mother to an autistic child, as a police officer and as an ASU criminal justice instructor, Alana brings a collective perspective and understanding as an Autism Awareness trainer. Alana N. Williams has over 10 years of experience in the criminal justice system, specializing in law enforcement and investigations. Alana is APOSTC certified through Montgomery Police Academy. In addition to serving her community as a deputy sheriff and police officer, Alana has been a collegiate criminal justice instructor at Alabama State University, since 2013 and she also possesses an Instructor Development Certification from the FBI. Alana’s educational background consists of a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University.

This training is sponsored by the Interaction Advisory Group, AUM’s Alabama Crime Prevention Clearinghouse & Training Institute, Alabama Peace Officers’ Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office, MDA, and ADECA Law Enforcement Planning/Traffic Safety Division. This training is partially funded by an ADECA Law Enforcement Planning subgrant #19-DJ-ST-002 awarded to AUM and its Alabama Crime Prevention Clearinghouse.

For assistance with registration please contact Brittany:

Phone: (334) 244-3804 or