Registrations open for First Responder Training and
Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop

June 10 First Responder Training
This training session will focus on autism recognition and response; predictable field contacts and 911 dispatches, special emphasis on dangerous and fatal wandering search and rescue, situational awareness and response, deescalation tips, restraint, arrest and custody tips, tips for interview; model programs and cross educational opportunities for officers, children and adults who have autism, their families and supporters.

June 11 Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop.
Dennis Debbaudt will be the keynote and will address the audience about preparing for an autism emergency in the home and at school. He also will have sessions specifically for older teens and young adults. Other topics during breakout sessions will include: Behavioral Techniques for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism; Naturalistic Interventions; Transition; Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments; Employment; Decreasing Challenging Behavior

Registrations for both First Responder Training and the Autism Workshop will still be accepted as long as space is available.

Thanks to a grant from Pilot International Foundation and the following sponsors, we are able to offer these workshops.

  • Community First National Bank
  • Pottburg, Gassman & Hoffman, Chtd
  • Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstractors, Inc.
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • William & Linda Richter
  • McCullough Development



Pilot Club of Manhattan Receives Funds to Support Autism Workshop

The Pilot Club of Manhattan is the recipient of a $5,000 matching grant from the Pilot International Founders Fund (PIFF) to help train regional first responders how to work with children and young adults on the autism spectrum in emergency situations.

The 11th Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop will be on Friday, June 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at LOCATION TBD and Saturday, June 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, Manhattan, Kans.

Both days will feature Keynote Speaker Dennis Debbaudt who will provide tips on autism risk and safety management. Friday sessions will focus on educational training for first responders, and Saturday will offer helpful take-away for parents, caregivers, educators and young adults.

“This is a unique opportunities for families, educators and first responders affected by autism in our area,” said Helen Miller, autism coordinator for USD 383. “We are grateful for the work of the Pilot Club of Manhattan in sponsoring this workshop, and to Pilot International Founders Fund for supporting it with their generous grant.”

Pilot Club of Manhattan has been conducting a workshop for parents, caregivers and educators of children on the spectrum for 10 years, but this is the first time to offer sessions for young adults with autism and emergency responder personnel.

“We are pleased to continue offering this workshop to families and educators, but are really excited about adding tracks for both young adults with autism and emergency personnel,” said Karen Schroeder, Autism Workshop Chair. “The support of Pilot International Founders Fund through the grant has allowed our club and the school district to plan a high-quality workshop for area families and friends of those within the autism spectrum.”

The Pilot International Founders Fund is the charitable arm of Pilot International, a global organization of more than 25,000 adult and youth volunteers members working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. Pilot’s service focus is helping people by brain-related disorders through volunteer activities, projects and fundraisers.

Information about the Autism Workshop, First Responder training and registration for both will be posted to the website soon.


Pilot Club of Manhattan sponsors two scholarship applicants

Pilot Club of Manhattan is proud to announce that our two scholarship nominees to Pilot International recently received their awards.

Anju Giri is the recipient of a $1,500 Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarship. Sara Devine will receive a $1,000 Becky Burrows Scholarship.

Anju is originally from Nepal and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources at K-State. She earned a Master’s Degree in Biology from The University of Toledo, Ohio. After completing her Ph.D. she intends to return to Nepal to join a university and focus on teaching, research and outreash.

The Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarship was established in 1949. Ruby Newhall was from Gainesville, Fla., and was president of Pilot International. Her contacts with international students at the University of Florida strengthened her belief that these students could contribute significantly to improving international relations. With her passing, her family suggested scholarship contributions in lieu of flowers. The Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarship Fund became part of Pilot International in 1975.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from K-State and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Secondary education with an emphasis on Social Studies. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a Master of Science in Special Education. Her career goal is to work with special needs students at a school serving military students.

The Becky Burrows Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 from the estate of Becky Burrows. This fund provides aid to students who are reentering the job market, beginning “second careers,” or seeking to improve their professional skills for their current occupation. Students applying for this scholarship must pursue courses of study that further Pilot International’s mission to transform communities through education and service in the areas of youth development, leadership, brain safety and fitness or caring for families in need.

Pilot Club of Manhattan congratulates Anju and Sara and wishes them the best as they complete their degrees.


Pilot Club of Manhattan

The Pilot Club of Manhattan has adopted the service focus of helping parents and caregivers of those affected by autism. We work closely with the autism coordinator in the Manhattan School District to plan and implement an autism workshop each year. As the knowledge about autism and the treatments and learning methods evolve, we continually bring in a wide variety of presenters who educate and inspire parents and family as well as educators and other professionals.

In addition, we are involved in a number of community activities, from assisting the Emergency Shelter and Crisis Center to providing cookies for Red Cross Blood Drives. To learn more about our club’s activities, click here.

The Pilot Club of Manhattan is one of three Pilot Clubs in the Manhattan, Kansas, community. In fact, Pilot Club of Manhattan was the first in Manhattan, chartered in 1963. We have chartered the other two clubs, as well as the Clay Center Club. All are part of Pilot International.

The Pilot Club of Manhattan meets at noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Kansas Farm Bureau building. For more information about Pilot Club of Manhattan, contact us at info@pilotclubofmanhattan.org.