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March 28, 2020
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pike County Training Center
135 Pike County Boulevard
Lords Valley, PA 18428
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Autism Shield for Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Persons with autism and other developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement than the general population. Inappropriate social responses and non-contextual emotional outbursts, commonly seen in people with autism, can cause confusion at best and spark conflict in worst case scenarios. Without training and awareness of this condition, tragic consequences often ensue when effected individuals come in contact with first responders. However, these contacts can often be easily resolved when the officers and professionals involved have the information they need to navigate what can be a complex situation. The primary goal of this project is to enhance officer and citizen safety.