State Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato (R-77) recently joined her colleagues in the state House of Representatives in voting in favor of a measure that will require training programs for state and local law enforcement on certain matters involving children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or a nonverbal learning disorder.
“Learning proper interventions and de-escalation techniques is paramount to being successful with children who have learning disabilities. This mandatory training will provide those skills to police officers who will be helping to intervene on behalf of a child’s safety.” said Pavalock-D’Amato, according to a press release from House Republicans.
The bill, H.B. 6260, An Act Concerning Training Programs for State and Local Police Regarding Juveniles with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Nonverbal Learning Disorder, requires law enforcement to receive at least 27 hours of training on certain juvenile matters and each review program to provide at least one hour of training regarding techniques for handing incidents, such as elopement or wandering, that involve juveniles with ASD or nonverbal learning disorder.
The bill passed unanimously out of the state House of Representatives and awaits further action by the state Senate.
Also happening at the State Capitol during the same day was the annual Autism Awareness Day. Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato joined fellow legislators, parents and individuals affected by autism in the advocacy day celebration, which seeks to raise awareness, provide support and promote acceptance.
Pavalock-Damato met with Bristol resident, Lee McFadden, an advocate for individuals and families affected by autism, including her own sons. McFadden discussed her support for the proposal, as she was aware that the House of Representatives would be taking the measure up for a vote during the day, said the press release.
“I’d like to especially thank those individuals like Lee McFadden, who continue to be the voice of their loved ones with ASD,” said Pavalock-D’Amato in the press release. “Their unwavering efforts to advocate and raise awareness are critical. Events like Autism Advocacy Day are important to keeping open dialogue and working together to provide assistance and support to those most in need.”