Training police to navigate autism while teaching autism community about police
CLOSE Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses are on the rise. Here are five facts about ASD.
A Buckeye incident last year drove home the need to continue training first responders on interacting with people with autism and other developmental disabilities.
A police officer mistook a 14-year-old boy with autism for a drug-user and the pair ended up on the ground, the boy injured.
But some parents and advocates say training must go both ways and the autism community must learn about police.
Cynthia Macluskie, founder of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, said all major first responder... read more