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Upcoming Area Board 1 Meetings

  • State Plan Meeting
    February 21, 2015 9:30 am
  • Regional Advisory Committee Meeting
    February 21, 2015 12:00 - 3:00 pm

2014 Grants Cycle 37

  • Get Safe - Amount Requested: $19,964
    State Plan Goal – Emergency Preparedness
    Project Summary

    Get Safe will organize and provide four (4) workshops called “First Responder Training: Enhancing Your Ability to Effectively Respond to Persons with Developmental Disabilities.” Major activities of this project include four separate trainings that will be held in each of the four counties served by Area Board 1. Get Safe will provide a First Responder training that uses proven techniques and tools to help first responders such as police officers, EMT’s, fire personnel, district attorneys, criminal justice professionals, Physicians, hospital emergency staff, and any other service professionals, city employees, community members, etc. The training goal will help them to more effectively recognize and assist persons with developmental disabilities, especially in emergency and crisis situations. The training will also focus on prevention and intervention strategies and help the developmental disabled safely navigate the community and become stronger advocates for themselves. The workshops will include training for up to 200 first responders and other community stakeholders.



Through an Area Board 1 grant, budding film maker, William French, directed and produced Directing: ABC No Barriers, a documentary which has been an excellent tool for educating the public and business community about the talents of people with developmental disabilities. 

Link to Documentary: Directing: ABC No Barriers

Director:  William French

Associate Producers:  Freda Zody, Jason Rader, Matt Senften

Documentary Funding provided by: State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Area Board I, Community Program Development Grant

About the Director:

William French has high functioning autism, tourettes, and obsessive compulsive disorder. William had a very difficult time during high school and in his twenties because of his diagnosis. The Associate Producer, Freda Zody, originally met William in Junior High where he was bullied and did not fit in well. He has always been interested in the performing arts, so it made sense for him to go on to the Art Academy in San Francisco. He is a very bright man, but he continues to struggle because of his disabilities and his overall health.


  • One of the individuals featured – DJ Mark Anthony’s business was helped through a prior Area Board mini grant and his business is still going strong.
  • The program credits this video as being instrumental in acquiring resources for clients: it was shared with software developers to encourage the developers to consider the program (in the video) as a resource to test the software. The program was given access to very sophisticated software for people with autism and other verbal communication difficulties.




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