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Webinar: Resources for Encounters Between
Individuals with Autism and/or Intellectual Disability and First Responders

Encountering first responders can happen at any moment and in a variety of different contexts. These encounters can be particularly difficult for individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability due to sensory processing challenges and social communication differences. Being prepared for an encounter is important and can provide peace of mind for many families. Fortunately, there are tools and strategies available to help individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability and their families prepare for these interactions. Within this page, you will find tips, books, and community resources that can aid in starting conversations with youth with autism and/or intellectual disability about how to safely respond to first responders. Just as it is important for families to have this information, it is critical for our first responders to have tools that can help them best understand and respond to the unique behaviors they might observe while interacting with individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability in the community.

In this video, Dr. Jessika Hurts and Officer Brian Simmons discuss strategies for caregivers to help individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability prepare for safe and effective interactions with law enforcement.

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