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Hanson police learn about autism

ODLS organizes event with MA Dept. of Developmental Services

The Organizational Development & Learning Solutions buinsess group at UMass Donahue Institute organized a training by BeSafe to teach police officers about working with those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Four Hanson police officers recently participated in a specialized training program about autism and related disabilities June 6 at the UMass Donahue Institute in Shrewsbury.

The event was organized and supported by Organizational Development & Learning Solutions business group at the Donahue Institute and sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

“This was a great opportunity for some of our officers to gain a better understanding of what it may be like when an officer encounters someone with autism,” Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch said. “Knowing how spot the signs that someone may have autism and being sensitive about how to effectively communicate with those individuals is crucial in our day-to-day duties. Because our officers never know who they might come across.”

As part of the Experience Autism training, officers experienced simulated activities to understand what it is like to have features of autism and learned how to interact effectively with individuals with autism and related conditions.

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