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Emergency officials get autism training

Original post made on Jan 17, 2014

Mountain View's police and fire departments have been getting special training lately -- learning how to improve their interactions with people with autism.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 17, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Posted by Trudy
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

What a service to the community! I applaud Boardman's efforts. We need similar training in other mental health issues.

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Posted by kathryn page
a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I wonder in what way the presentation differs from talks on mental health or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders--seems like the core of all these conditions in regard to law enforcement would be the inappropriate responses, over-sharing of information to one's legal detriment, and difficulty grasping language or consequences. GREAT that this is happening.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

Wonder why "autism is on the rise"?

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

"We need similar training in other mental health issues."

Good point, one that comes to mind is Epilepsy.

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Posted by Mike Long Time Resident
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 19, 2014 at 1:11 am

My son who is on the Autism spectrum was stopped and questioned last October by officers who did treat him well though they were not very aware of what Autism was, and he was very compliant at the time. If he had become scared it could have been different. I wrote a letter to the Police Chief to ask for training and am elated this has happened. I applaud MVPD for this move and leading the way to ensure that people with this disability affecting how they appear in public can be recognized. His school (MVHS) is also is teaching Autistic students how to respond to law enforcement too so kudos to them. I'm proud to be in a community that takes real and positive action to protect the most vulnerable.

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Posted by William Stillman
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2014 at 8:24 am

I recently read a similar article in Pennsylvania regarding sensitivity training for the Pittsburgh police department; I will give the same applause to the Mountain View police and fire departments in their endeavor to better understand those on the autism spectrum through autism sensitivity training. I am hopeful that they will continue to partner with individuals and families in the autism community to enhance their knowledge base, as well as to consider how their efforts may have good influence on other public safety departments nationwide. --William Stillman, Editor-in-Chief,

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