Autism Advocacy - November 2016 Newsletter
The Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) is focused on legislation to ensure law enforcement officers, paramedics, and first responders are educated to safely manage situations involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Virginia General Assembly should provide funding to train first responders to ensure that situations of crisis concerning individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not unduly escalate.
Like the final report from the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, training should:
- Identify indicators that a person may have an intellectual or developmental disability;
- Identify communication and de-escalation techniques required to safely and effectively interact with a person with an intellectual or developmental disability;
- Identify the physical, emotional and procedural vulnerabilities of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities when interacting with law enforcement as a victim, witness or suspect;
- Identify community resources for law enforcement officers interacting with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Training teams can include law enforcement, disability specialists and self-advocates.
The Advocacy Committee of ASNV plans to reach out to Delegates and Senators of the Virginia General Assembly to develop/adopt a curriculum and then fund comprehensive training to all first responders including enforcement officers. To ensure passage of such legislation ASNV plans to reach out to other disability groups in Virginia.
The ASNV Advocacy Committee is developing examples where effective training could have deescalated situations that unfortunately developed into tragic and unnecessary harm to the disabled individual and first responders.
Look for updates to this Newsletter as to our progress in the coming year. Ed Zetlin is on the Board of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia and serves as Chair of the Advocacy Committee.
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Community Presentations in November for Ed Zetlin
Langston-Brown - November 9th at 1:00 pm Questions on Medicaid Long-Term Care Planning Arlington Center 55+ at Langston-Brown Community Center, 2121 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207.