People with intellectual disabilities may struggle to follow process orders, which makes it difficult to follow directions or manage emotions. Currently, there are some police training programs for what is referred to as crisis intervention training, and it falls under the umbrella of addressing issues of mental illness and substance abuse. Our training may be helpful in a few ways – teaching law enforcement good communication skills, patience, and how to earn a person’s cooperation, even in unique circumstances of non-compliance. But, without specific training oriented toward disability, it may still be difficult for an officer to identify when and how to adjust their behavior. Luckily, there is a growing demand for courses to increase safe interactions between law enforcement & those who have autism and related special needs or long-term disabilities. These courses connect police officers with the families of those on the autism spectrum so that both parties can understand each other better. The goal of these training sessions is to teach skills for safe interaction, and bear similarities to other community policing practices.
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