Our purpose is to provide free autism training & free autism sensory kits to all law enforcement agencies and 1st Responders nationwide.
Our Trainer is a former law enforcement officer and a member of ILEETA that has the professional knowledge of the law enforcement field as well as having a child on the autism spectrum.
Autism training is vital to law enforcement agencies because individuals with autism have difficulties with communication and social interactions and will have a tendency to engage in repetitive or atypical behaviors and that is why it is vital that law enforcement officers need to be aware that their typical approach when responding to a call or an emergency situation regarding an individual with autism may not work.
By Law Enforcement understanding and recognizing the different behaviors and characteristics of autism they will be able to approach, interact, and understand the associated risks and how to intervene appropriately.
With 1 in 68 individuals being diagnosed with autism in a year alone the number of interactions that individuals with autism will have with law enforcement agencies are going up. Every Officer will come into contact with an individual that has autism at least once in his/her career and 7 out of 12 individuals with autism will have some sort of contact with law enforcement in their lifetime. Some individuals with autism are crime victims, some are suspects, but the majority of the individuals with autism that come to the attention of law enforcement officers have wandered away from their caregivers, often without any understanding of danger.
By law enforcement being aware of individuals with autism and knowing and understanding the different behaviors and characteristics of an individual with autism it helps ensure positive interactions and the safety of not only the person diagnosed with autism, but the law enforcement and 1st Responders on the scene as well.