DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hench Autism Studies Program at Defiance College is holding a spring symposium for area law enforcement professionals on March 19. Special guest speaker will be Dennis Debbaudt, law enforcement trainer, author, and father of a son with autism.
Debbaudt wrote the ground-breaking booklet Avoiding Unfortunate Situations in 1994, the first-ever look at the interactions between children and adults with autism and law enforcement professionals. He has since written frequently on the topic including the book Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and articles for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and Sheriff Magazine.
Debbaudt consulted to ABC News 20/20 for the segment, “A Simple Man,” about autism and false confession, and was instrumental in the development of the state of Maryland's Police and Correctional Training Commissions 1999 curriculum Why Law Enforcement Needs to Recognize Autism. He turned his attention to providing autism recognition response and risk management training to law enforcement and emergency first responders in 1991 and now presents to law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. His materials are in use by police departments around the world.
Debbaudt will also speak later that evening at a meeting for parents of children with autism or persons interested in programs serving people with autism. The meeting will be held in the Serrick Campus Center, Hubbard Banquet room at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.
The Hench Autism Studies Program at Defiance College serves as a focal point for teaching, scholarship and action to serve people with autism and their families. For information about the events, please contact Dr. Fred Coulter, Parent Partnership Coordinator, at (419) 783-2416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of engagement. U. S. News & World Report ranks Defiance in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
March 10, 2009