Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel 
1800 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Kris Steinmetz 
Autism Society of Iowa 

Autism Risk and Safety Training for First Responders Lunch and Learn 


Autism Society of Iowa and Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) present this free lunch and learn opportunity for first responders. This scenario-focused training will give examples of autism recognition, response, and risk management.


Ashten Hayes

Ashten Hayes has been a police officer with the Iowa City Police Department for 7 years and is the Community Relations Officer. Ashten works closely with schools; Project Lifesaver and the LOST program; and coordinating the Citizens Police Academy. She is the lead defensive tactics instructor, the department’s ALICE trainer and honor guard commander.

Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts works as an Autism Specialist and the Autism Center Coordinator at UIHC/CDD and is the parent of two young adults with significant autism. She is the cofounder and president of The Village Community, a 501c3 disability advocacy and service organization, and serves on multiple state advocacy boards including the Olmstead Taskforce and the Autism Society of Iowa.

Renee Speh

Renee Speh is the parent of a child on the autism spectrum and a long-time community advocate for children with disabilities and mental health concerns. She is a Family Navigator for the Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program with Child Health Specialty Clinics.