Autism FYI Organization was created to help advance awareness of the needs surrounding people with Autism. This is accomplished through a Safety membership program called IRIS, Training about Autism for first responders, and community awareness and training to create “Autism Friendly Certified” businesses helping to create an inclusive community for those with Autism.

The ability of emergency responders to recognize the need for special approaches and considerations is hampered by the lack of physical indicators of Autism. Autism FYI Organization has created the first membership safety program, IRIS (Immediate Recognition Increases Safety) designed to help emergency responders  recognize and react appropriately and provide them with information immediately. Picture ID cards with pertinent information as well as USB bracelets, clothing and patches with the alert logo will help bring that same benefit of quick recognition to the community. The 24 hour hotline is available to help provide that emergency information as well as contact member’s emergency contacts.

AFYI provides training online and in-person for first responders, Law Enforcement, Corrections, businesses, health agencies, and the community. Training about First Responders jobs and their lingo is also online for those with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities to learn at

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Our Inspiration –  our Mom  Joyce Benjamin


I am honored to be the mother of Kenny and Brad Benjamin who are young men on the autism spectrum. Though it has not always been easy, it is the one job that I can say has made me a better person. They have taught me what unconditional love is, and that teaching our children to love themselves enough to do the right thing, even when it’s difficult or unpopular, is the most valuable lesson of all. I think you will find what is important in life may be different than you think. The value of a person may be in the changes that they bring about in you.

Who are we?

Dr. James R. Benjamin , CEO ; Joyce S. Benjamin, RN, PA-C Emeritus, COO ; Lamont Easter, Director of Public Relations; Michelle Grimes BS., MS. MBA, Ret.Sgt.Prince George’s County Police Dept., Director of Training; Dr. Teresa Trabue, PsyD Boardmember  ;  Marie White, BA, Board member;  Joseph Gentile, Board member, Ret. Sgt. Metropolitan Police Dept.; Dave Vogel- Board Member,  Bradford Benjamin, Project Assistant, Kenneth Benjamin, Project Assistant— Michigan- Renee Nitz – Representative and Trainer , Arkansas –  Barbara White Barnard, RN- Volunteer trainer. Florida- Sandra Babcock, RN, MS -Director; Dewitt Babcock – Volunteer; Theresa Devlin – Florida Representative, Board member; Michelle Sauls- Georgia Representative; William Sauls- Board member, Autism Representative; Diana Davis- Board member, Autism Representative; Kristine Riggio- New York Long Island Representative and program support director; Lauri P. Miller, LSW -education trainer; Cathy Larner-Beckett, Ed.D- consultant and Board member.

Social Responsibility

At Autism FYI, we are locally and globally committed. We are driven by an empowering spirit that delivers leadership in innovative solutions, a corporate culture focused on our constituents and staff, and a passion for giving back to those in the communities in which we serve. We are proud to invest our resources in improving health, increasing opportunity and expanding opportunities for those most in need.

We are currently partnering with various charitable organizations to give back to the local communities where we operate.

The Benjamin Brothers
Autism FYI is inspired by The Benjamin Brothers – Heroes of Global Autism Awareness

Our vision is to establish a neighborhood that allows the thriving interaction of the triumvirate (autistic adult, parent of the autistic adult, and the community in which they all reside) through :

  • Establishment of a National Autism Safety Program
  • Physical and social supportive services
  • Revenue generating businesses which simultaneously provide employment opportunities
  • Housing supportive of independence
  • Day-to-day intermingling of all

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster community support and inclusion for those on the Autism Spectrum through a registry that provides a means of early identification, location and access to important information in case of emergency.

Donations, grants, and revenue generated by the registry, products, and training program keeps our program alive. As the need increases, so will the demand. As we add partners in our mission, we will disclose them through our membership with GuideStar.

Autism FYI Organization is also a member of  Non-profit Prince George’s Association.


Our staff are our most important asset. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a supportive, satisfying and employee-centric work environment. We adjust work environments and hours to fit the employee’s needs.

We believe innovation comes from all participants within the organization. Our Innovative solutions bring together talented, focused and dedicated individuals who foster a work environment that encourages sharing ideas and lessons learned. By leveraging one another’s talents, our collaborative approach enables us to achieve innovative solutions for our constituents. All staff are ambassadors of Autism FYI’s culture and mission.

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Autism FYI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO).  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

To find out more about our organization, Click Here to view the Autism FYI brochure.

If you can join with us in bringing this vision to a reality, please consider donating today.