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Tactics for Dealing with Subjects on the Autism Spectrum

People with ASD might show no outward signs of their condition so their actions and responses might be misunderstood. Here are some tips for encounters with autistic subjects.

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Virginia Department Launches Program to Raise Awareness of Autism

The Newport News (VA) Police Department has launched a new program aimed at increasing officers' awareness of individuals in the community with autism spectrum disorder and providing those officers with information to help keep people with autism safe.

Florida Deputies, K-9 Help Locate Autistic Boy Lost in Woods

Deputies with the Santa Rosa County (FL) Sheriff's Office employed the assistance of the agency's bloodhound K-9s to locate a 3-year-old autistic boy who had wandered into thick woods in the Florida Panhandle on Monday.

New Jersey Officers Give Autistic Boy a New Service Dog

Police officers with the Newark Police Department have donated a new service dog to a 10-year-old boy with autism after learning that his previous dog had died when it was struck by a car.

Mom Grateful for Officer Who Calmed Her Young Autistic Son

A woman posted a lengthy thank you note on Facebook, expressing her gratitude for the actions of a DC Metro police officer who helped calm her young autistic son who was having an episode on a commuter train.

Florida Officer Who Shot Caregiver of Autistic Man Found Guilty of Negligence

An officer with the North Miami Police Department was acquitted of two counts of attempted manslaughter but found guilty of culpable negligence in a 2016 incident involving an Autistic subject and his caregiver.

Iowa Department Offering Autism Safety Training to First Responders

Officers with the West Liberty (IA) Police Department were recently joined by fire and EMS colleagues in a safety and awareness training for encounters with subjects on the autism spectrum.

California Officer Embraces Missing Autistic Man

An officer with the Rohnert Park (CA) Police Department is seen in a touching photo giving comfort to an autistic man who had gone missing late last week.

South Carolina First Responders Compete in Cookie Contest to Raise Awareness of Autism

Officers with the Charleston (SC) Police Department faced off with their brothers and sisters in the fire service in a contest in which participants were armed with glazing brushes and frosting tubes in an event aimed at raising awareness about autism.

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Iowa Department Selling Special-Edition Patches to Raise Awareness of Autism

The West Liberty (IA) Police Department posted to Facebook an announcement that they are selling special edition Autism Awareness patches.