This month, the Sirens of Silence program celebrates its first-year anniversary!
In the past year, the autism and special needs awareness and acceptance program has accomplished many goals, including key partnerships with several large event spaces and venues throughout the County.
Through the generous support of Department team members, the Sirens of Silence program has achieved the following milestones and accomplishments:
- Distributed thousands of safety-related and sensory items to fire stations and lifeguard towers
- Partnered with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Hollywood Park (SoFi Stadium and YouTube Theatre), the LA County Fire Museum, and the Phantom Projects Theater in La Habra as well as the California Poppy Festival in Lancaster
- Hosted several community events, including the first-ever “A Special Day with First Responders” with the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
- Translated picture boards and visual schedules into 11 total languages
- Created additional helpful materials and safety-related resources based on community input and suggestions
- Supported Fourth District County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s motion to declare April 2022 as Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month
- Provided the program for adoption to the City of Santa Clara and City of Manteca Fire Departments
- Developed the program’s training module into a 60-minute Continuing Education (CE) course
Thank you to everyone who has greatly assisted with the success of the Sirens of Silence program – and for spreading the message of kindness and that “Care Needs No Words.”
We look forward to all the achievements still yet to come!