In August, Pensacola Police Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe, in partnership with API, presented an informational training on autism to 54 Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies, bailiffs, and school resource officers. Training our first-responders to recognize behaviors that may be associated with an autistic individual will hopefully improve interactions and outcomes.
Another layer of protection for those on the spectrum comes from the Florida legislature. In April, the legislature passed The Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act. The act does two things:
The Arc, in response to Florida’s legislation, published an editorial with suggestions to strengthen the new law. Read the new legislation, here.