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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania. The resource center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Justice Training for Spectrum Friends Support Group

Spectrum Friends, a support group in the Harrisburg area for adults with autism, had a special guest at their monthly meeting in August! Max the K9 Officer, from the West Shore Regional Police Department, met with the group at Isaac's Restaurant in Lemoyne on August 23rd. Max was escorted by his trainer and partner, Officer Chris Conroy as well as Officer Ben Mauchamer. 

Both officers, along with Kate Hooven, Justice System Consultant for The ASERT Collaborative, Eastern Region conducted a law enforcement seminar for members of the Spectrum Friends support group.  Officers Conroy and Mauchamer demonstrated what a pat-down search looks like, explained the commands police officers use during a search, and talk about what people should or should not do if they are ever questioned or stopped by the police. Kate talked about many topics that would be helpful to people with autism to know if they ever interact with a police officer. This included a discussion about the decision to disclose an autism diagnosis with a police officer, which is a personal decision that an adults with autism should make for themselves or with their family.

The Officers then fielded questions or concerns from the Spectrum Friends members that they had about interacting with law enforcement. Nicole, on of the Spectrum members summed the night up best, "I think those of us on the spectrum should always try to understand the officer's commands if ever one of us is pulled over by an officer for a traffic offense.  If you are able to tell the officer you are autistic that way the officer will know how to react properly."

ASERT offers similar trainings to individuals with autism, family members and caregivers, as well as police officers and other justice system professionals and community members. Please contact ASERT at info@paautism.org or by calling the ASERT Resource Center at 877-231-4244. 




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