Ossining Police Host Autism Awareness Event

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Police Department is helping to host Autism Awareness Kids and Safety Day Saturday.

<p>The Ossining Community Center is playing host to Autism Awareness Kids and Safety Day Saturday.</p>

The Ossining Community Center is playing host to Autism Awareness Kids and Safety Day Saturday.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Town of Ossining

The event is taking place at the Ossining Communtiy Center on Saturday, June 7 at the Ossining Community Center at 95 Broadway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendees will be able to explore a police car, SWAT truck and ambulance and feature a police and K-9 safety demonstration along with a fire safety demonstration. Autism and advocacy safety groups will also be on hand.

Lt. Dan Slater of the Ossining Police is helping to organize the event which will showcase Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a service that distributes transmitters and receivers to help find autistic people that run away or elderly people with Alzheimer's disease.

"We're looking to get involved with this," Slater said. 

Slater also hopes they can get information about child who are on the spectrum who attend the events.

"We want to know if they are runners or have behavioral issues," Slater, the parent of a special needs child, said. "This can help us identify them in case they become lost."

Phelps will also be on hand to conduct a teddy bear clinic where doctors examine and treat teddy bears to teach kids about good health and what a doctor does.

This is the second year the event is being held and Slater hopes to get more people involved. 

"We think parents will find this informative," Slater said. "This will help us have a more efficient response for people with special needs."


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