“Sunday, March 22, 2015, was an exciting day at the Maine Discovery Museum! More than 60 individuals attended the special “Autism Education and Safety Event” for children and families. The event was hosted by the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) in partnership with the Discovery Museum’s “My Day to Play,” a time designated just for families affected by autism.
A very important part of this event was a presentation by Matt Brown, of Autism Safety Education and Training (ASET). Matt shared his knowledge and personal experiences about safety issues and concerns for families of children with autism, and offered helpful suggestions and resources to assist families to be proactive in keeping their children safe at home, school, and in their communities. In particular, Matt emphasized the importance of parents registering their child with ASD with their local police to ensure a timely and appropriate response if their child should wander or need help.
Working with Matt and Nancy Brown to plan and offer this event was truly inspirational. Their passion for their work and desire to help families learn and be proactive in keeping their children safe was evident with each interaction. Matt was sensitive and responsive to individual parents attending the event, and parent feedback indicated there is a strong need for this information in schools and communities.
The Maine Autism Institute looks forward to continuing our partnership with Matt and Nancy Brown at ASET in offering future events to promote safety education to families affected by ASD, and their communities, across the state of Maine.”