- Expand participants’ knowledge of autism and related behaviors
- Acquire information and tips on how to effectively interact with individuals with autism, their family members and care providers.
- Increase participants’ recognition skills of persons with autism
- Learn community outreach strategies that will increase support and safety for those with autism.
As of Monday December 14, 2015 Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) has officially served over 12,000 first responders in Michigan and even a few out of state. While the MAST program started its trainings with police officers, firefighters, and EMS, the program has expanded to include: corrections staff, 911 staff, educators, bus drivers, DHHS staff, community mental health staff, families, and community organizations. MAST is endorsed by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, and the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority. Funding for this program is provided by the Michigan Department Health and Human Services. Objectives of MAST