Supports and Services
Self-advocates from Calvert County, MD felt strongly about wanting to teach first responders about I/DD so they and their peers are safer in the community. They worked closely with others from Maryland (Pathfinders for Autism, The Arc of MD, POG of MD and others) to make it happen and have helped with the training of hundreds of law enforcement and corrections officers in Anne Arundel, St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert Counties. This included attending training themselves, educating elected officials about the need for legislation, sharing their stories and experiences in the classroom and advocating for funding for their time. This training is needed nationally.