SC Autism Society Provides Autism Awareness for First Responders Training Statewide

West Columbia, SC- March 24, 2015– The SC Autism Society is honored to announce that Autism Society Task Force members, Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe and Captain William Cannata, Jr, are coming to South Carolina in May to present training sessions in three locations around the state: Greenville, Charleston and Columbia.  They are providing ‘Autism Awareness for First Responders’ in collaboration with the SC Fire Academy, Mt. Pleasant PD, Greenville PD, and CICP Carolinas Institute.  Law Enforcement Officers will receive 3.75 hours of CLEE credit and the SC Fire Academy will handle credit hours for firefighters.

This opportunity is being provided free of charge for all emergency response professionals including law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and school resource officers. Our instructors are first responders with extensive experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Training is available as follows:

  • May 19, 2015 – Alhambra Hall, Mt. Pleasant, SC at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • May 20, 2015 – Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • May 21, 2015 – SC Fire Academy, Columbia, SC at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

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About the Presenters

Capt. Cannata and Sgt. Donohoe have collaborated with the Autism Society in its Safe and Sound initiative since 2005. Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the ‘Take Me Home’ program, a database where participants who are unable to properly identify themselves register with a photo, physical description, and contact information so first responders can interact with increased knowledge when contacting a person with autism. Capt. William Cannata is retired from the fire service after serving more than 30 years, and is now the Program Director of the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition, which was formed in 2003.

About the South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS)

The South Carolina Autism Society is the only state-wide organization advocating for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. SCAS provides assistance, education, services, and resources to improve the lives of individuals affected by autism. Every dollar that SCAS raises stays in South Carolina to ensure that the nearly 70,000 individuals living in South Carolina with austism spectrum disorder have opportunities to achieve a quality of life comparable to their peers. The organization was chartered by the State of South Carolina in 1972. For more information on autism or SCAS, please visit

For more information, contact Christie Flemming, 803-479-7418 or

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