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Require all police officers and all teachers know about disabilities and volunteer time...

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I am writing and petitioning that there be a change and not just on a state to state level but on a national level. When it comes to requirements for police officers, and teachers; I have seen too many videos of police officers and even teachers getting rough with those with disabilities such as autism. Simply because they lack knowledge and even personal interaction of those with disabilities including autism. Now before I go on I am not against police officers or teachers I am very pro police officers and teachers. The police officers help protect and keep us all safe from danger. While at the same time teachers help educate and often do great job educating much of today’s youth and help the youth be successful in life. Now back to the matter at hand which is sadly the lack of knowledge and personal experience of dealing with or even interacting with people with disabilities for many of our police officers and teachers. I truly believe their needs to be a requirement for police officers and teachers to not only to be educated when it comes to disabilities but also require them volunteer around those with disabilities. So that police officers and teachers become not only aware by a book or a course about disabilities but also by personal experience and one on one time with people whom have disabilities such has autism. Not knowing about disabilities in this day and age is ignorant considering all the knowledge and information we now know have and gained over the years.

Disabilities are come in many different forms. Police officer’s and teacher’s will always come into contact with people with disabilities at some point and time during their careers. Here is a list of some of the most common disabilities: Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Epilepsy, Spina bifida, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Intellectual disability, and Depression (Scribner, 2014).

Out of those a few of them can truly be hard to identify unless you are educated and have personal experience and interaction with those with those disabilities or have been told about them in advance such as Autism, and intellectual disability.  Did you know Autism affects “1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys” (Autismspeaks.org, 2017). Sadly, we have yet to find out the cause of true cause of Autism. Yes, there are many theories but no concrete hard evidence on it’s true cause. Which yet is another big reason why we should require police officer’s and teacher’s to be educated on disabilities at the very least the most prevalent ones and require them to volunteer/spend so much time with those with different disabilities. So, I am as a parent and citizen asking government officials to put their political difference to the side and to help push for requirements to be put forward for police officers and teachers to be educated on disabilities and volunteer/spend so much time with those with disabilities. I truly believe this would work due to my own experience in life not only as a mom to a child with autism but as a person who spent time with others growing up who had disabilities and as someone who has been educated on disabilities. I have noticed that I can spot and notice those whom may have disabilities easier then I would have without that interaction and education on disabilities. Yes, it’s true we do have many different types of programs out there to help police officers and teachers know who has disabilities and what disability but sometimes officers and teachers don’t have time to stop read on a person before having to interact with them. So please let’s try and make a difference not only for those with disabilities but also for those police officers and teachers. Especially those teachers and police officers that are coming out of collage and police force academies today.  

Thank you for your time!

*Links to a few different stories*:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parents-demand-answers-after-autistic-boy-held-ground-officer-n802801

http://abc7.com/news/family-crushed-after-autistic-teen-is-tasered-by-burbank-police/1429360/

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-247474

*Those are just the police officer ones. I couldn’t find the teacher ones but I now they are out there because I have seen them before.* 

                                                      References

Autismspeaks.org (2017). Facts about Autism. Retrieve date: September, 23, 2017. Retrieved from:  https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/facts-about-autism  

Herb Scribner, (2014). 10 common disabilities American children have. Retrieved date: September, 20, 2017. From: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609389/10-common-disabilities-American-children-have.html

 



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