This historic autism video features RCMP Corporal Walter Coles’ interview of victim-witness Ivan Chan and demonstrates a law enforcement professional’s savvy and willingness to try a different approach.The interview was conducted in 1988, long before autism specific advice and techniques were developed for police interviewers. It is now considered an anchor learning piece for use in preparation for autism and law enforcement victim-witness interviews.

Ivan’s description of his sexual victimization is disturbing and graphic in nature. This video should only be viewed by adults and with full and prior disclosure of its content. Eleven minutes. ASD  & Interview handout included.

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Autism & Wandering: Escape From Campus

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Brief Background:

The North Carolina Joint Legislative Study Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders was established in 2005 and reappointed in 2007 by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The committee was authorized to study the availability and appropriateness of autism-specific training and education for law enforcement personnel, community colleges, public safety personnel, first responder units, judges, district attorneys, defense attorneys, magistrates, and related organizations.

The charge of the committee was to make recommendations to the General Assembly based on their findings. The General Assembly appropriated a grant to fund a training video to raise awareness of autism within the judicial system.

The 26-minute digital format video Autism In The Criminal Justice System was produced by Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC for use by the University of North Carolina School of Government and other legal organizations in consultation with UNC Division TEACCH to develop continuing legal education training regarding the identification, safety and needs of those with autism in their communities.

Citizens with autism should feel safe, understood and supported in their communities by public authorities who protect, serve and find fair justice for all.

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