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A Guide to Safe Interactions for Justice System Professionals


Many individuals living with autism have difficulties processing information, processing sensory input, communicating effectively, and responding in socially appropriate ways. Here are some ways to help alleviate those difficulties so that you, the offender, and the community will be S.A.F.E.R.!

Stay calm: Talk in a quiet, calm voice

Ask clearly: Do not use vague language or metaphors.

Facilitate understanding: Don’t assume what you said was understood.

Explain the process: Clearly tell the individual what is going to happen next.

Repeat commands: Reiterate instruction to be sure that you have been understood.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.