Saturday, August 23, 2014

Autism and the Police: Great program in California!

I was so glad to hear this report on the radio about how several California cities are helping both people with autism and the police force. "The goal is to teach people with autism how to interact safely with police — the event was co-sponsored by local law enforcement — and avoid misunderstandings that could lead to confusion or violence."

It's not just the individuals with autism who gain from this program, either. "The Director of Police Training for the LAPD, Luann Pannell, says that program has helped officers feel less threatened by people with autism who, for example, might not make eye contact during an interaction."

This is a great article, so click on over to NPR and read (or listen) to it now. Then come back: does your community do anything like this? Do you have any suggestions for this program, or for others that are similar?

~Heather H

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