INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS COVERED
•Recognize the signs of autism spectrum disorder, typical behaviors of individuals on the spectrum, and best practices for how officers can respond when dealing with individuals on the autism spectrum.
•Understand how witnesses, family members, caregivers, service providers, and teachers can help an officer recognize and respond to a person who may have autism.
•Understand the many ways autism can negatively impact a person’s ability to successfully communicate, and learn about some of the technologies that can aid in communication
•Recognize behavioral challenges often found in autism and develop techniques to effectively interact and communicate with them during high stress situations.
•Create strategies to de-escalate social, emotional or behavioral responses to a situation and understand when and how to act to prevent serious injury.
•Identify the common reasons for calls for service of people with autism and strategies you can use when responding.
•Identify the key factors surrounding wandering, elopement and affinity for water many children and adults exhibit and the reasons why.
•Become familiar with local resources available to assist you in supporting and protecting children and adults with autism.
•List strategies for responding to a suspicious person call involving a person with ASD.
•Understand some of the common outcomes to interactions with a person on the autism spectrum, including the typical steps of transport and processing that are sometimes required in such an outcome.
In 2017, House Bill 39 created Florida Statute 943.1727 which required the creation of continued law enforcement employment training related to autism spectrum disorder. This training is part of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Specialized Training Program pursuant to Rule 11B-35.007, F.A.C. Courses in the Specialized Training Program are designed to enhance an officer’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in a specific area and may be credited toward an officer’s mandatory retraining, pursuant to Rule 11B-27.00212, F.A.C.Board meetings are scheduled monthly, and are conference call in nature, due to the size of our state and the diversity of our geography.