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ASD and Law Enforcement
According to recent reports, by age 21, approximately 20% of individuals with ASD have been questioned by police and 5% have been arrested (Rava, Shattuck, Rast, & Roux, 2016). In light of these statistics, the University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF-CARD), in collaboration with local law enforcement, has completed activities to increase positive relationships between law enforcement and individuals with ASD. For example, we have conducted training sessions to inform officers about the characteristics of ASD. In addition, we have provided opportunities for law enforcement personnel to meet individuals with ASD. We also held a classroom-style presentation and provided practice activities for individuals with ASD to learn about appropriate ways to interact with law enforcement. During this session, we will share our process and strategies that attendees can use in their communities to promote positive relationships between law enforcement personnel and individuals with ASD.
About the Presenter(s)
Ann-Marie Orlando is an associate director for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Orlando works with educators and families, and provides community outreach services and professional development related to autism and related disabilities. A certified speech-language pathologist, Dr. Orlando’s research activities focus on inclusive education, literacy, and the use of augmentative/alternative communication for individuals with autism and related disabilities. She has published journal articles and book chapters, and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on these and related topics. She also has presented nationally and internationally on issues related to the literacy and communication for individuals with autism and related disabilities. Dr. Orlando is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and TASH.