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, family members, etc.) more effectively recognize and assist persons with developmental disabilities, especially in emergency or crisis situations.
Expected number of people served: 600
Area Board 7 (Serving Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties)
GET SAFE will provide seven First Responder Training sessions for traditional first responders and community service members.
Expected number of people served: 1,400
Area Board 10 (Serving Los Angeles Counties)
GET SAFE will provide eight First Responder Training sessions for traditional first responders and community service members, as well as five personal safety training sessions for persons with developmental disabilities. These sessions will provide persons with developmental disabilities with violence prevention and intervention information and tools that will help them safely navigate the community and become stronger self-advocates.
Expected number of people served: 1,600
Area Board 11 (Serving Orange County)
GET SAFE will provide 15 First Responder Training sessions for traditional first responders and community service members.
Expected number of people served: 3,000
Area Board 13 (Serving San Diego and Imperial Counties)
GET SAFE will provide a total of 13 training sessions across three categories: First Responder Training (for traditional first responders and community service members), Personal Safety Training (for persons with developmental disabilities) and Sexual Education and Healthy Relationships (for persons with developmental disabilities).
Expected number of people served: 3,900
These projects will increase the knowledge and awareness of the needs and challenges that persons with developmental disabilities face in public safety agencies, other first responders, and the justice system. GET SAFE believes that education is a vital preventative measure to protect the safety of persons with developmental disabilities so they will not be misunderstood by law enforcement or other community responders, as some “invisible” disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, can be difficult to identify to the untrained eye. Often, it is this misunderstanding and inability to recognize a person may have a developmental disability that leads to unnecessary escalated–and potentially deadly–situations.
GET SAFE will educate a total of 10,500 persons during the upcoming year. We stand eager and ready to join forces with the Area Board executive directors and staff to create safer, more inclusive communities for everyone.
If your company or agency falls within one of the above catchment areas and you are interested in receiving a free First Responder, Personal Safety or Sexual Education training session funded by your local area board, please contact Casey at (714) 656-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and scheduling. Amount of training sessions are very limited, so contact us today to reserve yours!