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Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2008

Workshops to inform police and safety officers about autism risk management

March 24, 2008

Note to reporters and editors: This release will be of particular interest to audiences in Marion, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Hancock, Hamilton and Boone counties and in LaPorte, Porter, Starke and St. Joseph counties.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University is sponsoring one-day workshops in central and northern Indiana with a focus on providing information and strategies for law enforcement and school corporation police officers regarding autism risk and safety management.

Support for the workshops comes from Autism Advocates of Indiana Inc. and the Autism Society of America. They will take place:

  • April 9, hosted by the Chapel Hill Seventh and Eighth Grade Center located at 10th street and Girls School Road in Indianapolis.
  • April 10, hosted at the La Porte High School Auditorium at 602 F Street in La Porte, Ind.

At each location, there will be an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Dennis Debbaudt -- a father of a young man with autism and professional investigator and law enforcement trainer -- as the featured speaker. Debbaudt has authored or co-authored more than 25 articles and books, was featured in a New York Times report on autism and law enforcement, and is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.

Also, each location will host an evening session from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. designed to address questions posed by family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Safety in the home, preparing for an emergency, travel, legal concerns, disclosure and other topics will be discussed.

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism is part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, a research, education and service center affiliated with Indiana University Bloomington.

There is no registration fee associated with the workshops. To reserve a seat, contact Brian Ketzner at or at 812-855-6508 or 800-825-4733. For more information, see the Indiana Resource Center on Autism Web site at