Law Enforcement, First Responders & ASD
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Recorded webinar: Law Enforcement Issues & ASD - Kimberly Taylor, JD


Communication with individuals on the autism spectrum is complicated - law enforcement officials will benefit from training  focusing on recognition and response to affected individuals

  • Do not rely on facial expression or body language
  • Do not expect normal eye contact
  • Be aware of potential for self-stimulating behaviors which may help calm the individual
  • Self-stimulating behaviors may include hand flapping, finger flicking, eye blinking, rocking, pacing, repetitive noises, or echolalia
  • Be aware of special communication devices the individual may use


Additional Resources

Autism Alliance of Michigan Safety Training & Support (Michigan)
The Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (Massachusetts)
Dennis Debaudt - Autism Risk and Safety Management
Awaare Collaboration - ASD Wandering Big Red Safety Kit
GPS Tracking - Caretrack and Project Lifesaver
Autism and Trauma


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