When Daniel made his decision to leave his middle school campus, his daring nature was on full display. So was his inability to recognize and take steps to manage deadly risks.
This video highlights the danger of wandering, the role fate can play in our lives and emotional interviews with Daniel’s mom, two Good Samaritans and a police officer who stepped in to help.
Dangerous escapes by autistic individuals away from educational, health care, therapeutical and recreational campuses have resulted in death, injury and liability exposure for any agency and person charged with the care of less independent individuals with autism. Ten minutes. Safety planning handout included.
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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.