Training the Police to recognize and respond to people with ASD is one part of the safety solution. Safety training for people with ASD is the other ESSENTIAL piece of the puzzle. Visit www.BeSafeTheMovie.com for more information about the new video modeling curriculum for those with ASD and related conditions.
Collaborating with local law enforcement agencies is a key to safety in the community. Emily is grateful for the many years she has worked with LAPD professionals as the Autism Awareness Project Manager for the Autism Society of Los Angeles (a volunteer position!). Training thousands of police about ASD was also a chance to learn about the police perspective on safety. This led to the idea of directly training young people with ASD to understand and use safe behaviors when interacting with the police. The LAPD-ASLA Autism Symposium is a tremendous event that combines experiential learning for the police, and a relaxed, fun atmosphere for students and law enforcement professionals to get to know one another. BE SAFE the movie was also inspired by this work.