Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT
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UMass Amphitheater 
333 South Street
4th Floor
Shrewsbury, MA 01545-4169

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Dana Bienkowski 
UMass Donahue Institute in Conjuction with MA DDS 


                      The 2019 DDS Speakers Series presents:

BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening 

For Individuals Supported by DDS

Presented by:  Emily Iland


Program Description

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are particularly vulnerable in police encounters and emergency situations due to features of their disorder. Experience Autism® is an engaging hands-on training that helps law enforcement professionals and other first responders recognize the signs of autism and respond to the needs of this population, to improve outcomes for everyone involved.  This training includes shared features of all intellectual and developmental disabilities, not just autism. We also compare and contrast developmental disability and mental illness. 

Experience Autism® prepares law enforcement for real-life contact with individuals with disabilities. An independent study of effectiveness by Dr. Lilian Medina del Rio of Biola University found that Experience Autism® improves knowledge and helps officers feel better prepared to interact with individuals with ASD. This makes Experience Autism® the only independently-validated, evidence-based police training in America. The training also prepares officers to meet, teach and learn from youth with ASD/IDD at a BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening.



11:00 to 11:15 - Students/adults arrive. Certificate Course participants arrive to observe and assist.

11:15 to 11:45 - Pair up and have refreshments.

11:45 to 2:15 - Interactive Screening, 2.5 hours