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September 27th & 28th
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       Autism Training for
       Law Enforcement and First Responders
      FREE Workshop and Lunch
      October 18, 2018
      9:00 am to 2:00 pm
      Columbus Police Academy
      1000 N Hague Ave
      Columbus, Ohio
      People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are seven times more likely
      to have a 911 encounter than a neurotypical person.
      Join us for this comprehensive training with two FIRST RESPONDERS who are personally and professionally experienced in ASD.
      •  Recognizing the signs of ASD
      •  Discussion of how specific incidents should be handled
      •  Response and de-escalation techniques
      •  Behavioral, communication and sensory challenges for people with ASD
      Training is a combination of information  and actual incident reviews from real-life situations.
      Captain William Cannata, Jr. (Retired) has been a  member of the fire service for more than 30 years and is the Program Director of "Autism and Law Enforcement Coalition (ALEC)" formed in 2003. He is also a parent of a young man with autism.
      Lieutenant Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the "Take Me Home Program," a database where participants who are unable to speak or properly identify themselves to police officers register with a photo, physical description, and contact information so first responders can provide any special assistance that may be required when contact with a person with autism occurs. He is also a parent of a young man with autism.
      Click HERE to Register
      by October 12, 2018
      Certificate of Attendance Available

      Additional Training Locations in Ohio:
      Cleveland: October 15
      Youngstown: October 16
      Akron: October 17
      Cincinnati: October 19
      Information on Ohio House Bill 115
      Effective Date: August 1, 2018
      HB 115 provides Ohio residents with communication disabilities with the opportunity to register their drivers license or license plate numbers with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The information would then appear on the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) to afford law enforcement officers notice of that disability prior to making a traffic stop. It is hoped that this will promote effective communication and prevent misunderstandings between a law enforcement officer and a driver or passenger with a communication disability.
      R.C. §3304.23 defines a communication disability as a human condition involving an impairment in the human's ability to receive, send, process, or comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal, or graphic symbol systems that may result in a primary disability or may be secondary to other disabilities. A disability that can impair communication is defined as a human condition with symptoms that can impair the human's ability to receive, send, process, or comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal, or graphic symbol systems.
      R.C. §5502.08 specifies that the information in the communication disability database is not a public record.
      Registration for the database is completely voluntary. Individuals, parents or guardians may complete the registration form. A section of the form must also be completed by a licensed physician, psychiatrist or psychologist prior to its submission to the BMV.


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