For more than 6,000 New Mexico families with a family member with autism, an ecounter with first responders can be incredibly scary. Persons with autism may not recognize signs of authority or understand that police officers, paramedics and firefighters are there to help.
But training from the Autism Society can help first responders recognize the signs of persons with Autism and learn new skills to help.
After meeting with families with Autistic members, Pat Davis introduced legislation requiring all Albuquerque first responders to complete the Autism Society’s training. It’s an important piece of Davis’ ongoing efforts to rebuild APD as a model for community policing.
The legislation, R-18-4 (full text), will be introduced at the City Council on Wednesday January 17 and will be referred to the City’s Finance & Government Operations Committee for hearings later this year.
See the story from KRQE News 13 here.