New training program helps police interact with people with autism

Police interactions are always sticky situations. But for individuals with autism, they can also be intense sensory overloads.

Stephanie Cooper, a former police officer and mom of a child with autism, started a program called Autism Law Enforcement Response Training (ALERT).

The ALERT program helps to:

  • train officers on how to recognize autism in people
  • get police officers comfortable with certain behaviors
  • cover the types of calls police officers might receive
  • share tips on how to interact with people on the spectrum

Read more about ALERT and the program's growth at The Mighty.

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