Recognizing Autism and Other
Severe Developmental Disorders

Presentations for police and other responders,
judges, court and jail personnel,
management, and retail employees


DISABILITY AWARENESS - CRISIS INTERVENTION
RESPONSE TRAINING - COMMUNITY SAFETY
ACCIDENT PREVENTION - LIABILITY ANALYSIS - LOSS PREVENTION
LIFE SAVING - PUBLIC SERVICE


Presented by Gerald Hasselbrink, Esq., of the Minnesota Bar, these talks are designed to help professionals recognize and understand the person with developmental disabilities.

An increased awareness can help you and your organization better serve the public, and perhaps help prevent an embarrassing, or even tragic, occurrence.

In these presentations, we "put a face" on people with autism and other severe developmental disabilities. We provide an action-oriented view of the challenges presented by people who are outside the norm, and whose behavior can be puzzling and difficult to assess.

We help you identify the disabled and distinguish this person from the dangerous criminal.

And we outline strategies for dealing with the disabled in your daily work.


TOPICS:
  • What is autism?
  • Where, when, and how you may come into contact with a person with autism.
  • Recognizing the person with autism.
  • Abuse of autistic children and adults.
  • Physical characteristics of a person with autism.
  • Meeting the challenge of the non-verbal disabled person.
  • Avoiding misinterpretation of behaviors.
  • The autistic person in accident, search-and rescue, and crime contexts.
  • Deadly force and autism.
  • Mens rea in the context of autism.
  • Community and family resources.
  • Horror stories.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION:




    DOWNLOAD SAMPLE INFORMATION SHEETS FOR YOUR USE:
    [These are in .doc, .rtf, and .pdf formats; request other formats by email]

    Basic Information About Autism To Carry In The Pocket:
    Gives basic information about autism.
    Warns of unusual behaviors and assures that no harm is intended.
    Designed to be printed out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (landscape setting).
    Cut into 3 strips that fold into business-card size for carrying in his/her pocket.
    .doc format  .rtf format  .pdf format

    Contact and Emergency Information To Be Carried In The Pocket:
    Gives name, address, and contact information about the person carrying it.
    Designed for situations where the person is lost in a store or other public place.
    Alter for your situation, print out, and place in his/her pocket.
    .doc format  .rtf format  .pdf format

    Information for Neighbors:
    Gives basic information about a person with autism to distribute to the neighbors.
    Especially for situations where the person with autism may wander into adjoining yards.
    Designed for spreading awareness about the person with autism.
    Reassure the neighbors that the person is not a criminal or intending harm.
    Alter for your situation, print out, and distribute.
    .doc format  .rtf format  .pdf format

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:


    Visit the Autism Safety Techniques Page


    GERALD HASSELBRINK, Attorney at Law
    of the Minnesota Bar
    St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374 | Phone (320) 363-4569

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