The Southeast Regional Autism Center Teams Up With Challengers Little League Baseball to Sponsor “Salute to Safety”


Columbus, Ga. — Families of children with special needs are invited to attend “Salute to Safety” – an event that combines fun and games with important safety information – on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Southeast Regional Autism Center, with the support of Challengers Little League.

During and after Opening Day games at Northern Little League Baseball fields, police personnel, fire fighters, EMTs, and other first responders will be on hand to teach families and children with special needs how to stay safe and respond appropriately in the event of an emergency. Children can climb aboard fire trucks and ambulances and parents can register their children with STAR Kids emergency care plan.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for children with autism and other special needs to meet law enforcement and emergency service providers in a friendly, safe environment and learn to recognize them as adults they can trust and go to for help if they need it,” says Amy Bontranger, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Regional Autism Center.

“Salute to Safety” is free and open to the public. The Northern Little League Baseball field is located near the Psalmound Road Recreational Center in Columbus. For more information call 706-571-7771 or email

About the Southeast Regional Autism Center
The Southeast Regional Autism Center, a program of May Institute, offers a comprehensive set of educational behavioral services to children and their families, private agencies, and public schools throughout the Tri-County area and beyond. The Center also provides services to military families stationed at Fort Benning and other bases across the Southeast. This program is affiliated with the National Autism Center.

About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning national network of educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral healthcare needs.

About the National Autism Center
The National Autism Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting effective, evidence-based treatment approaches for autism, and to providing direction to families, practitioners, organizations, and policy-makers.
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