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Update to Policing and Autistic Individuals

In 2017 we told you about an incident in which a police officer stopped to talk with a boy who, as it turned out, was autistic (Police Need Training Dealing With Autistic Individuals). That incident did not go well in part because the officer was not familiar with the kinds of behaviors that people with autism sometimes display (such as social withdrawal and "stimming" behaviors). Well, the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities has come up with one way to address this problem: a wallet card.




A person with a disability is instructed to show this card to police officers when speaking with them.  From the OPWDD:


A new state law now makes identification cards available to people who have a medically diagnosed developmental disability. These new I/DD ID cards are meant to be presented to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel to aid in the communication process.

Here's a link to their site.


OPWDD also has a video to explain and demonstrate how the card is to be used: