The Kelberman Center and Rome Police Department Partner

The Kelberman Center and Rome Police Department Partner

The Kelberman Center Community Inclusion Partnership (CIP) is a new initiative that involves community organizations and businesses acting in conjunction with The Kelberman Center, supporting autism awareness and developing more inclusive environments within our community. The Kelberman Center provides inclusion and awareness trainings and ongoing support to businesses, and in turn, we look for businesses and organizations to provide internship opportunities for the people we support, as well as help in promoting community awareness for our awareness events and activities.

The pilot partnership for the Community Inclusion Partnership is with the Rome Police Department. The Kelberman Center recently provided autism awareness training to 59 police officers, equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to foster a positive interaction with individuals on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. The training was presented by Laura Mangano-Smith, Coordinator of Social Inclusion Initiative at The Kelberman Center and Carlyne Hazer, LMSW at the Kelberman Center.

The Kelberman Center also prepared and donated over 20 ‘autism kits’ to the officers for their police cars, which included fidget spinners and other sensory items. As a part of this successful partnership, the Rome Police Department hosted Jonathan as an intern, a man whose dream was to become a police officer. Jonathan obtained his security guard certification through the Kelberman Center and now his dream has come true, as he works alongside police officers learning about the field. For more information on how your organization can be included in the Community Inclusion Partnership, please email Leanne Mundell at leanne.mundell@kelbermancenter.org.