A National Crisis: When Autism is Mistaken for Criminal Behavior and the Devastating Consequences

2019 Symposium - Building Stronger Communities (CLE Courses) | Developed by Guardian ad Litem State Office Training Team | taught by Guardian ad Litem State Office Training Team
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"A NATIONAL CRISIS: WHEN AUTISM IS MISTAKEN FOR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR & THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES"

Speakers:  Deborah Dietz and Stephanie Langer


The workshop will introduce child welfare professionals to the growing crisis of youth with disabilities experiencing negative interactions with police. Presenters will use real examples of these tragic encounters, discuss how current police training contributes to the problem, highlight the laws that apply, explain the long-lasting trauma that is experienced, and then introduce The Wallet Card Project, a solution that can be brought to their communities. The Wallet Card is a communication tool and training that empowers youth to safely disclose their disability when confronted by police.


For those with the Guardian ad Litem Program, this 1.5 hour training does apply towards in-service hours.  

When inputting into Optima, please select "Child Development & Developmental Disabilities".

Course Contents

1 Video
1 Survey
1.5 hrs

Course Curriculum

A National Crisis: When Autism is Mistaken for Criminal Behavior and the Devastating Consequences
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