Monthly Archives: October 2014

GET SAFE This Halloween!

Make sure you and your kids GET SAFE, be safe, and stay safe this Halloween with these fun safety tips from Safety Stu and the gang! Happy Halloween… and be safe out there!

Safety Stu inspires at 2014 Supported Life Conference

On Oct. 9, GET SAFE founder & executive director Stuart Haskin traveled to Sacramento to present the opening keynote address for the 28th annual Supported Life Conference. This year’s theme was “Proactive… Progressive… Productive,” and Safety Stu took to the stage to open the two-day conference and speak to attendees about self-advocacy, leadership and how to communicate for change. In his keynote address, Stuart encouraged conference attendees to recognize their gifts and abilities so they may begin to communicate for a happier, healthier life. His motivating talk culminated with a board breaking demonstration to show attendees that you can break through any barrier if you’re willing to try. Stuart also presented two breakout sessions later that day. The first highly interactive workshop gave persons with developmental disabilities and those who care for them the tools they need to help prevent victimization and intervene when unsafe situations occur. Participants

GET SAFE’s Bully-Busting Basics

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and awareness of this harmful behavior is on the rise; parents are beginning to realize that it’s not just child’s play, but a serious problem with serious effects. Not to say that the numbers are down, but campaigns against bullying are up, raising awareness for the 1 in 4 students who report being victims of bullying behavior. At GET SAFE, we empower students (victims and bullies,) parents and faculty by providing education and tools, such as the following basic prevention and response tips, to help create a safer, more inclusive school culture. Why Me? Bullies often target those who are perceived as “different.” By its very definition, bullying is a form of intimidation, behavior designed to threaten, frighten, or to exert power and control over another person, who is often perceived as “weak,” “different,” or “other.” Bullying may

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Pledge to be a GET SAFE BACKOFF! Buddy today and help us put a stop to bullying!   

State Council on Developmental Disabilities awards GET SAFE five grant contracts for 2014-2015

We are pleased to announce that State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has awarded GET SAFE five new contracts for Cycle 37 Grants (2014-2015). SCDD is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. We are ecstatic about the opportunity to continue educating the community about safety and advocacy in 2015, and we are looking forward to reaching even more people across California. This upcoming year, GET SAFE will be working on the following projects in the following areas: Area Board 1 (Serving Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino Counties) GET SAFE will provide four First Responder Training sessions to help traditional first responders (law enforcement, fire personnel, EMTs, hospital staff, judicial employees, etc.) and community service members (city employees, them park employees, retail employees, caregivers,