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Safety and Vulnerability
Red Lion Hotel
Olympia, WA
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Safety and Vulnerability
Saturday, November 9, 2013
9 am - 4:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel
Olympia, WA
(360) 515-8910

This year ASW is presenting a dynamic program addressing some of the most problematic issues facing the Autism community today, those of Safety and Vulnerability.

The presenters will cover topics important to safety planning in the community, how to work with first responders before as well as when you need them, how to plan for emergencies, and more.

Additional presentations on safe relationships and bullying.

This event is open to all, members and non-members of ASW.

Scott Badesch, President/CEO of the Autism Society of America will open the event with a Keynote Address: The Challenges in Effectively Addressing the Needs of all Impacted by Autism

Two great presentations by Genevieve Athens:

Autism Safety & Risk Management
Build Community with First Responders
Genevieve Athens, MBA, Autism Lifespan Coach
(Associate with Dennis Debbaudt's nationally known organization Autism Safety & Risk Management)

Ms. Athens will present on autism related risks, response plans for dangerous wandering, safety at home, on campus, while traveling, disclosure options, 911 call center registries and reducing victimization.  Her second presentation will discuss how parents and care providers can conduct outreach to their local law enforcement, officers who are assigned to their neighborhood and other first responders.  Ideas will be shared on how stake holders can sponsor an event to host law enforcement for engagement and understanding of ASD.

Genevieve has 2 children and her oldest is on the autism spectrum.  So she knows the importance for the community, and especially first responders, to understand behaviors of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  While the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Oregon, Genevieve hosted Dennis Debbaudt of Autism Risk & Safety Management in Oregon in 2004, 2005 and 2011.  From September 2005 to May 2006, Genevieve was contracted by the Portland Police Department to conduct in-service training to all 900 officers.  In 2012, she presented to the Oregon Juvenile Justice System and at the Washington CIT Training for law enforcement in Burien, WA.

Genevieve is on the Board of the Autism Research Institute, serves on the Adult Subcommittee of the Oregon Autism Commission, on the Family Advisory Committee for the OHSU Autism Program and is on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Spectrums Magazine.  

Additional presentations:

Emergency Management Systems & Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations
Kayreen Lum, King Co. Smart911 Program Coordinator
Sheri Badger, Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management

Puberty & Sexuality
Kelly Ferris, M.Ed., BCBA, Organization for Research and Learning (ORL)

Self-Advocates Panel
Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying and Self-Advocacy in School/Community
Four Chains to Success for Individuals with Autism


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The Center
Kinder Swim
Kokua Services
Hidden Spring Book Company
University of Washington Autism Center

You must preregister to guarantee a seat. Walk ins will be seated and given materials on a space available basis.

Red Lion offers a conference rate for overnight guests from November 6 to November 12 for $89 plus tax and fees, single or double occupancy. You must refer to the "Autism Society of Washington". This offer ends on November 4.

Transportation to and from SeaTac is available from the Capitol Aeroporter (360) 754-7113.

Joining ASW is optional and not necessary in order to attend.
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Red Lion Hotel (View)
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
United States

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Education > Conventions
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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