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April is Autism Awareness Month – Homer Police to Wear Patches Raising Awareness


Available stickers for Homes/Vehicles. X101 Photo

The month of April is Autism Awareness month and the Homer Police Department will be doing their part in raising awareness and donations for the month of April. Homer Police Chief Pitman says officers for the month of April will be wearing a special police patch on their uniforms. The patch will feature a puzzle piece and highlight Autism Awareness.

The department will also be selling the police patches for $5 each to members of the community. The money raised will go to Puzzle Solvers, a local organization who raise funds and provide resources to both families and individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder. Residents may purchase the patches at the Homer Police Station on James Street.

Kimberly Friedman, President of Puzzle Solvers visited the Homer Police Station on Wednesday morning to join in recognizing the Homer Police Department in their efforts to raise awareness and donations for the organization.

“We’re always looking for donors to support our mission. Primarily our funds stay within the Cortland Community…. Occasionally we’ll have requests from outside the county and we do get donors sometimes from outside the county so we do try to honor requests from contiguous counties as well.”

Friedman said to X101 News.

Puzzle Solvers Inc. is a non-profit organization founded back in 2009. According to the organization, it was founded by a small group of professional women who wanted to help improve the quality of life for families within the Cortland area.

Director of Proud Moments, Bobbi Rogers presenting a thank you recognition to Homer Police. X101 Photo.

Additionally joining the recognition was Dr. Bobby Newman, Bobbi Rogers and Mandy Jones from Proud Moments. Bobbi Rogers is the Director of Proud Moments, but also the founder of Families First, which serves Syracuse and the Upstate New York Region.

“Proud Moments is an organization that provides therapy to autistic children between 2 and 21 [years old] and Families First is a parent support organization that we started in 2005.”

said Bobbi Rogers to X101 News.

Proud Moments has also provided the Homer Police Department with Autism Awareness stickers for both vehicles and homes. The stickers can be placed on the window of a house or vehicle to notify first responders that someone in the house or vehicle is autistic. Homer Police say the stickers are available at the department for anyone who needs it.

“We have children who wander. There’s so many stories of children getting lost. Let’s all talk about that; what’re we going to do collectively? It’s part of why [Proud Moments] decided to put decals out there for cars and for homes so first responders know immediately when you walk to a front door and see that sign that a autistic person lives here; you know before you walk in. It sets us all up for success.” Rogers continued.

You can learn more about Proud Moments by clicking HERE. To donate for Puzzle Solvers and learn more about the organization, click HERE.

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