Congrats Massachusetts! Today, #Masschusetts Governor Baker signed the #autism, ID/DD #policetraining bill into law. This is so needed for the community and long overdue. What a great step forward for individuals with autism, their families and those in law enforcement who want to engage/respond appropriately, but have never been provided training to do so. (Thanks to Terri Farrell for originally sharing this amazing news!)
Section 116I. The municipal police training committee shall establish and develop within the recruit basic training curriculum a program for regional and municipal police training schools for the training of #lawenforcement officers in the commonwealth in appropriate interactions with persons on the autism spectrum and those with other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program shall include training for law enforcement response to individuals on the autism spectrum and those with other intellectual and developmental disabilities who are victims or witnesses to a crime or suspected or convicted of a crime.