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Miami-Dade Co: Decals alert police to home or car with autistic person

Feb 6, 2024, Islander News, Key Biscayne, FL: Voluntary decal program to help police identify people with autism goes into effect in April

Starting in April, the Miami-Dade Police Department will issue free decals to alert officers if a person in a home or vehicle has autism to raise awareness for people with special needs.

The Miami-Dade County Commission adopted the program to train first responders to interact with people with autism who may not speak, respond to or comply with verbal commands and may not be aware of danger.

The county collaborates with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities on the Autism decal program.

The center estimates that 50,000 individuals with autism live in Miami-Dade County. The voluntary program’s goal is to prevent confrontations between people with special needs and police….


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