Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Center To Bridge Divide Between Disability Community, Police

 first-of-its-kind national center is in the works with an eye toward improving interactions between individuals with developmental disabilities and law enforcement.
The Arc said it has received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to establish the new initiative which will address both victim and offender issues involving those with disabilities.
The effort comes less than a year after the death of Robert Ethan Saylor, a Maryland man with Down syndrome, at the hands of law enforcement after he refused to leave a movie theater. The incident prompted national outrage and calls for better police training and awareness.
Serving as a clearinghouse, the new center will offer a resource library, directories of attorneys, victim advocates and other experts in addition to a database of relevant state laws, organizers said. Technical assistance as well as in-person and web-based training sessions will also be offered.
Read more of Michelle Diament's Disability Scoop article HERE.

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