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Officer Has No Training On How To Interact With Kids With Autism, So Mom Decided To Teach Him

by Nicole Cannizzaro
Nicole is a writer who studied journalism. She loves music and spending time with her family.

As human beings, we’re all different. There will never be two of us that are the same, and it’s always important to try to understand each other’s differences.

Autism is a condition which affects 1 in 68 children, yet many people still may not understand that people with autism may need different accommodations in an interaction.

Stephanie Cooper, a former officer, decided to help others understand those unique requirements for better outcomes in the real world. The former cop focused on training other officers to be of better service to kids with autism.

The mother’s 9-year-old son has severe autism. Combining her expertise in both arenas has resulted in officers all over the country learning about how to better interact with children with autism.  Stephane is a huge face for change in this world, not only the world of autism. Her story just goes to show that all it takes is one mom with a big vision to move the system in the right direction.

She’s already provided free autism training and provided free autism kits (equipped with options you might need to help deal with a child or adult with autism in crisis) to over 29 agencies, and over 1,000 officers.

This woman has a mission, and she’s going to accomplish it.

Please SHARE this incredible idea with everyone you know so that this initiative can spread to other districts, too!

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