There's no doubt that the brave, selfless area first responders are highly skilled at dealing with any wild situation that may arise. But even the most highly skilled, highly trained individual, in any discipline, needs to fine tune their abilities every now and then. And while our firefighters, paramedics, police officers, 911 dispatchers may be used to dealing with frantic people in frantic situations, there can be an unexpected element that requires a specific, special type of care, such as a person with autism.

That's why the Quincy Autism Support Group is hosting a training session called "Take Me Home" at the Kroc Center. First responders will learn the autism spectrum, and how it can affect different people. They will learn how to communicate with people affected by autism in stressful situations, and how to identify people with autism. Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe with Pensacola Police Special Projects and retired Captain Bill Cannata of the Westwood Fire Department will be special guest speakers at the class.

The class runs the morning of Friday, May 4th in the Bluffs room at the Kroc Center. For more information, or to sign up for the class, visit the website or check out the event on Facebook.