Tuesday, May 16, 2006

An autism resource for police

The site Autism Risk and Safety Management is a resource for both law enforcement authorities and parents thinking about keeping autistic kids safe and working with police if the need arises. Its author is Dennis Debbaudt, whose son has an autism spectrum disorder, and who wrote Avoiding Unfortunate Situations in 1994 to help police understand and deal with both children and adults with autism.

Dennis writes that "
persons with developmental disabilities, including a rapidly rising autism population, are approximately seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement professionals than others." So it makes sense that he's given workshops based on his research and experience to federal law enforcement agencies and state and local police around the nation.

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