Reminder: The MCPD – Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Night Out Is This Friday, May 19

Note: The event will be held rain or shine! If need be, we will move the event inside to the Public Safety Training Academy (Note the new location of the Training Academy: 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg).

This Friday, May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department, with the assistance of Autism Speaks, Pathfinders For Autism, and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) will host the fifth annual “Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out” at the new location of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg (8751 Snouffer School Road).

The theme of this year’s event is, Introductions and Interactions, Building Empowerment. It is our goal that this safety fair will provide valuable information and resources to loved ones while also providing an opportunity for our officers to receive additional information from caregivers about these medical conditions.  We encourage attendees to introduce themselves and their loved ones to the officers, first responders, and community members at the event.  We plan on having a lot of fun!  There will be activities for the entire family.  Activities will include: meeting some of our canines and local therapy and medical assistance dogs, touring emergency vehicles to include police and fire and rescue vehicles, face painting, and listening to sensory-friendly music.

So that we can better plan, please let us know if you are coming to the event by signing up online. (Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!)

What

When

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Rain or Shine! If need be, we will move the event inside to the Public Safety Training Academy

Where

  • NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg

For Who

  • Caregivers, Parents, Loved Ones, and Community Members Who Want to Learn More About Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Questions about the event?

  • Please contact Officer Laurie Reyes by email: laurie.reyes@montgomerycountymd.gov

To Sign Up Online:

  • Please click here
  • Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!

More Information about the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit:

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit is committed to educating and bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Down Syndrome to the community and to officers, while also providing resources to loved ones of those with one of these conditions.  The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit has created a layered approach to Autism and Intellectual Disabilities awareness, that includes education, outreach, follow up, empowerment, and response.

The department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with these disorders have a huge responsibility and that understanding, support, and collaboration with local police officers is essential.

The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit web page can be reached by clicking here.

A preview of the t-shirt provided in the MCPD – Autism/IDD Safety Kit. The kits will be available at the event and are free.

These vehicle window clings will be handed out at the event. These window clings are intended to aid first responders in an emergency and also are meant to bring awareness of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.