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July 01, 2019 – Article by Dennis Debbaudt for Research Autism

Public safety organizations and agencies have taken note of and are responding to the rapid rise of autism spectrum diagnoses in the United States. Over the last decade, command-level police leaders, public safety executives, and legislators have expressed an ever-increasing interest in autism training for frontline professionals and positive partnerships within the autism community.

For example, new federal and state laws have been enacted to provide funding for things like tracking technology and training to assist in locating missing and vulnerable children and adults on the spectrum, and further develop training for first responders. In 2017, legislators in Florida passed legislation that directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to develop an autism training curriculum. Officers there can now receive credit for training that helps them, among other learning outcomes, better identify autistic persons, and, when safe to do so, give people extra time to answer questions and comply with requests; offer more personal space; use simple language; model calm behavior; and manage the sensory environment during an interaction.

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Are you searching for autism training curriculum for police and law enforcement? Dennis Debbaudt develops current, relevant, sustainable and memorable autism and law enforcement curriculum and digital video content. Debbaudt has over two decades of experience in autism and law enforcement curriculum development.  From serving in 1999 as a Curriculum Review Team member and resource for the first ever autism curriculum for law enforcement, Why Law Enforcement Needs To Recognize Autism, developed by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions to serving as a Subject Matter Expert and training video contributor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 2017 curriculum Autism Awareness for Law Enforcement Debbaudt has stayed active in the development and delivery of autism training for law enforcement.

Debbaudt is also a cited resource for the 2001 POST Field Guide: Police Response to People with Mental Illness or Developmental Disability, by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission; a consultant to Chicago Police Department’s autism training module in 2007; a Subject Matter Expert for California POST’s 2009 training video on autism; and developed and updated the Autism Trainer’s Guide for NYPD from 2008 through 2018.

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Dennis Debbaudt is a professional investigator, journalist and proud parent of a son who has autism. Dennis was the first address police related autism issues in the early 1990s. He’s since produced over 40 autism and law enforcement related books, reports and training videos. 

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