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Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People With Autism Spectrum Disorders 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1853029807
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The book highlights some important issues that UK police forces will do well to learn from -- The Journal of Adult Protection In this book Dennis Debbaudt provides essential information for both groups. I highly recommend this book specially for the police and mall security people although it is quite useful for the caregivers too. -- OAARSN Book Reviews

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An essential book to help facilitate communication between people with autism and law enforcement officials.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853029807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853029806
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a must read for all law enforcement personnel, fire departments, emergency medical technicians and especially parents of children with autism. It is so important that communities use this resource to recognize the characteristics of persons with autism and strategies to help should they encounter a person with this neurological disorder. As a parent, this was a real eye- opener and made me realize how much work and education needs to take place in my own community. Thank you Mr. Debbaudt for this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Reinhardt on January 17, 2008
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This was a very informative book regarding the difficulties law enforcement individuals face when confronted with what looks like "red flag" criminal behavior by individuals who are rarely in control of their behavior and who generaly do not respond to verbal commands. While written five years ago, this is still a timely topic, not just for law enforcement professionals, but for families who care for loved ones diagnosed with Autism. The perspectives of the author are definitely written from the heart as well as from a solid professional foundation. Anyone who is caring for a loved one afflicted with Autism should read this book and put into practice the recommendations identified.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M Mont on August 6, 2002
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Debbaudt does an excellent job on two fronts" First, explaining to law enforcment professionals how to identify and deal with autistic people, but also encouraging parents and caretakers to take responsibility for educating their loved ones on how to deal with the police in order to avoid tragedies. People with developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to interact with the police than people without disabilities. This is an important issue, and this book is an important contribution towards helping ameliorate a significant problem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris B on April 29, 2002
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As a mother of a four year old autistic child, I'm plagued with the worries of "what will happen to my child when I'm gone." As such, we have set up our wills and our estates to take care of him. However, there are even more practical issues to worry about that Dennis Debbaudt brings to light in his book. People with develeopmental disorders are seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement than regular citizens. Our autistic children are socially impared, and the ignorance of this disorder is rampant among police ranks and other "first responders" to an emergency situation. Often "autistic traits" can be mistenterpreted as drug abuse, hositlity and beliegerence, dementia, or suspicious behavior that can appear as criminal intent. People with autism have been accidentally killed in crime situations, or have given false confessions to crimes they didn't commit largely due to police ignorance of this disorder.
This is a good primer for police and other first responders. It gives a good overview of why certain investigation techiques are not effecitve in dealing with autism. The second half of the book is directed at parents and caregivers - with good tips about informing local police of your child's condition, keeping your child safe at home, in school, and while traveling. There are also tips on spreading autism awareness to police and other first responders on a grassroots basis.
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I wish every law enforcement organization would have this as REQUIRED reading in their training, with follow-up by a professional person with knowledge of Autism! As a parent, I used it to explain the actions of the police when they took my Autistic son into custody for shop-lifting. Fortunately, as far as I know, he was treated ok, but didn't understand that a "holding cell" was jail. He was high-functioning enough to cooperate with the personnel. Our local Autism Society chapter held a training session for all law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with a well-qualified sheriff's deputy, who has a son with Autism, from San Diego, CA doing the training, and no one showed up, which showed a lack of interest in educating themselves, so there must be training incorporated into their official training! They need to understand behaviors and comprehension levels common in those with Autism--both in males and females, which could be different. Such understanding could lessen negative behavioral reactions, making the whole situation easier for everyone. A few years ago in our county, a developmentally-disabled young man with Autism, was killed by law-enforcement personnel who didn't understand that he was unable to understand what was going on. If they'd been trained to recognize symptoms, he could be alive today. Everyone should read this book to understand the difficulties that both sides face when encountering people of all ages with Autism in a law enforcement situation.
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