Town Hall Training enters fourth year
Middle School program funded through 2013-14

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) has approved a two year extension to the First Responders Disability Awareness Training program. The initiative will now go through October 31, 2015. Niagara University is looking to sustain the program, which would eventually make it a National Institute on Disability Awareness training for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, 911 operators/dispatchers, and emergency management and preparedness, all addressing the proper and proactive response to individuals with disabilities.

Dave has trained over 60 police officers in the Train the Trainer curriculum across NYS, and has another six sessions scheduled.

The Firefighter/EMS Train the Trainer has also begun with two pilot sessions and the full schedule to get underway in the fall of 2013.

The 911 operator/dispatcher program will be finalized over the summer and will be active in the fall/winter of 2013.

Town Hall training is entering its fourth year. Over 200 individuals have been trained with two sessions already conducted this year, and seven more targeted. Dave has met with and is developing collaborative programs with the NYS Assn. of Towns and Counties.

The Dan D’Andrea Trust, funder of Town Hall Training, has already committed to the popular training for Middle School students. There have been over 2,000 students trained this current academic year.