Omaha Firefighter, Autism Action Partnership Come Together to Provide Sensory Kits to Ambulances.
Omaha firefighter Nicholas Lemek was out on a call when he realized there was a need in our community. “How can we do better for the people with autism in our community?” Lemek asked. He asked for help on Facebook. That same day, he said Austim Action Partnership answered with a solution. “This is pro-action,” Autism Action Partnership executive director Justin Dougherty said. Omaha fire and the autism organization partnered to put autism sensory kits in every ambulance in the city. “Too often, we see reactive moments like this where there is a situation where they wish would have gone,” Dougherty said. Lemek said he is one of the few firefighters who’s gone through advanced autism training. It is something that is close to his heart because of the people he helps. “A child with autism is first of all a child. A teenager with autism is first of all a teenager. A person with autism is first of all a person,” Lemek said. Inside each sensory bag are ways for first responders and people with autism to communicate. There is a communication board, noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and sunglasses. “Being able to utilize these, we can take out the player of too much sound, all these distractions that are bombarding this person,” Lemek said. All of it was designed to build a stronger bond between those who help and those who need it. Full Story from KETV Here
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