Officers Trained In Glendale To Better Communicate With People With Autism

CBS Los Angeles

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GLENDALE ( —A training exercise was held in Glendale Monday to help officers better communicate with people with autism.

“This gives us another set of tools to use for specific situations,” Glendale Police Department Officer Thomas Garcia said.

Kate Movius created the specialized program for law enforcement as part of the Autism Speaks Safety Project.

“Autism is so tricky and complex, and it’s often very difficult to communicate with someone with Autism,” she said.

According to experts, people with developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to encounter law enforcement than others.

Movius says because of their unique social skills often times a person with Autism can be misunderstood.

“One of the issues that perhaps could get a child with Autism in trouble is something called Echolalia,” Movius said. “So you can imagine in a situation with law enforcement they might say to the…

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