Research indicates that persons with developmental disabilities, including a rapidly rising autism population, are approximately seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement professionals than others. Police and first response professionals will meet children and adults with autism in field situations.
In 1994 Dennis Debbaudt’s book, Avoiding Unfortunate Situations became the first to address the interactions between law enforcement professionals and people with autism. Since then he has become known as the world’s leading authority on the development of curriculum training tools and techniques for law enforcement professionals. With over ten years of experience presenting autism related law enforcement training sessions, Debbaudt's training materials are in use by law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.
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