Autism FYI

Dedicated to the Safety, Independence and Employment of those with Autism and IDD

Bowie, MD   |  https://www.autismfyi.org

Mission

Autism FYI Org is dedicated to the safety, independence and employment of those on the Autism Spectrum and IDD. . Creating employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum helps to model how businesses can include those on the spectrum in their business operations. Through IRIS (Immediate Recognition Increases Safety) Program we encourage self disclosure of one's disability, and provide a means of assistance by 24 hour hotline. By training of First Responders, Business, and community members we insure a safer environment and understanding of those with ASD. Ultimately our goal will be to create a community that allows parents, families, and those on the spectrum to live independently sharing the same amenities. This allows for transition of families and support throughout life.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO

Dr. James Reginald Benjamin MD

Chief Operations Officer

Mrs. Joyce Smith Benjamin RN, PA

Main address

7507 Old Chapel Dr

Bowie, MD 20715 USA

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EIN

47-1554807

NTEE code info

Safety Education (M40)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, the incidence of Autism is 1 in 59 of 8 year old children according to the CDC. This increase in incidence also correlates to increase exposure to interactions among First Responders and those with Autism. Without training this interaction can be problematic and sometimes grave. Autism FYI addresses this need for training for law enforcement, EMS, Fire Fighters, care givers, community members, schools, churches, businesses and those with Autism as well. Autism is not the only disability that is complicated with wandering or elopement, but those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Alzheimer's wander as well. Persons with other neurological disabilities can benefit by AFYI's safety program IRIS, by wearing an alert logo indicating their disability and need for special considerations. This provides immediate information for first responders allowing them to make appropriate decisions quickly and to interact safely.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

IRIS -Immediate Recognition Increases Safety

Program that encourages self disclosure via alert logos for those on the Autism Spectrum or Neurologic or Brain Disorders. Assistance in an emergency via 24 hour hotline is available to share demographic, medical, and behavioral assistance. Training of First Responders, Businesses, Community members, and those with disabilities helps increase the safety of all.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

Employment of those adults on the Autism Spectrum in managing the many tasks involved in fulfilling the National Registry orders allows us to address another of the many needs of this population. Managing their work hours, environment adaptives, and supervision needs is part of the program. Being paid a wage commensurate with the job allows them to earn at a fair and reasonable salary, and the freedom to adjust as they grow.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

Through training of businesses employees, churches, schools and civic groups we help create an inclusive environment for those on the Autism Spectrum. Our target audience is the general public working in the community where they may encounter persons on the Autism Spectrum or other neurological disabilities. Teachers, restaurant personnel, retail personnel, banks, etc. all encounter people with Autism and can learn how to best interact making the environment more inclusive.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to increase safety for those on the Autism Spectrum, IDD, other neurologic disorders and first responders as well. By provision of training for first responders across Maryland and the United States, and Increasing awareness of community members through training programs as part of the safety program as well, this organization espouses information which when disseminated through lectures, meetings
and displays actually does increase awareness.

Lectures, exhibits ,meeting,any forum where there can be an exchange of information the trainers and officers will make themselves available. Those forums, school fairs, church fairs, county and state fairs have in the past provided exposure. Aligning Autism FYI with organizations serving the same sector of persons with Vulnerabilities. In that regard, will attach list of our collaborative associations.
Outreach to First Responders. Training provided.
Outreach to restaurants; training provided to employees
Increase media exposure especially using social media

Trainers on staff provide face to face training with:
Sante Group and Bimonthly CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Every 2 months.

Utilizing program assistants(persons on spectrum employed by Autism FYI) for 1//2 hr to 1hr interaction between them and those getting face
to face training

Outreach and training employees of businesses. All of above is done with current employees and volunteers

Autism FYI staff and volunteers make continued presence at activities. See attachment re: activities

See Attachment with Collaborations.

See attachments with activities.

First responders taking online course housed on FirstForward.com, anticipate certification by IADLEST, International Association of Directors
of Law Enforcement Standards and Training

Recognized as resource for training 1st Responders by IBCCES, International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards

Free APP to enhance safety of individuals with ASD.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Autism FYI

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. James Benjamin

Autism FYI, Org

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs Joyce Benjamin

Autism FYI, Org

Term: 2020 - 2022

Lamont Easter

Autism FYI, Org

Teresa Trabue

Autism FYI, Org

Marie White

Autism FYI Org

Michelle Reedy

Autism FYI Org

Joe Gentile

Autism FYI Org

Joyce Benjamin

Autism FYI Org

James Benjamin MD

Autism FYI Org

Robert Mayo

Sandra Babcock

Dave Vogel

Theresa Devlin

Michelle Sauls

William Sauls

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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