The project calls for conducting individual workshops that target the wide spectrum of autism and related disabilities. The focus will be on the learning styles of participants. It is crucial that a local first responder be the individual conducting the workshop. The individual first responders are the core of the program and often live and work in the target community. The first responder’s presence in conducting the workshops, demonstrate to the community their concern for the welfare of their functional needs. It is these individual first responders that will be called upon to assist the functional needs community in the event of an emergency or disaster. Collaboration with local and national agencies that serve the functional needs population will enhance our ability to reach this population. The mission of the program will be for participants to exit the workshop with a wealth of information about the services and resources in their local area and their own fully developed Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan.