People with intellectual disabilities may struggle to follow process orders, which makes it difficult to follow directions or manage emotions. Currently, police training programs involving crisis intervention, mental health awareness, and CEU hours do not train on characteristics of working with intellectual disabilities. 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 disabilities, 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, intellectual disabilities, or long-term disabilities. Our advocacy connects 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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