This webinar will briefly describe the characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum as well as a brief description of common situations in which individuals with autism encounter law enforcement officers. We will then explore strategies for successfully interacting with individuals with autism within the context of several case studies of actual encounters across settings from traffic stops to high-risk warrant arrests. Participants will be asked to brainstorm and problem-solve multiple alternative response options as part of reviewing the scenarios. By the end of the webinar, participants should be able to identify specific strategies that can be used to support successful interactions with individuals on the spectrum and how those strategies can be applied across a variety of real-world situations and settings.
This is the fourth of a 4 part series, including:
- November 14: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristic Behaviors, Challenges, and Tips for Successful Interactions for Justice Professionals
- December 5: Recognizing the Signs of Victimization in Children with ASD
- January 8: Wandering and Elopement in Children with ASD and NCMEC Resources