Captain William A. Cannata, Jr
Westwood Fire Department (Retired)
Bill is a retired member of the fire service after 35 years. Bill was an officer with the Westwood Fire Department for fifteen years. He also was also a Massachusetts Fire Academy instructor for 15 years. Bill became a member of Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) in November 2003. In January of 2006, he became the statewide coordinator of ALEC. ALEC currently educates first responders in Massachusetts and other states about Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to better understand a person who is on the spectrum. ALEC has trained over 40,000 first responders.
Bill is also the parent of a child with ASD.