Autism Spectrum Disorder requires a variety of forms of support, and members of the local community say that knowledge and awareness are a good place to start.
On Saturday, the Salinas Police Department is inviting the community to join in a free Family Fun Day event to raise awareness and show support for children and families living with autism.
Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy games, raffles, food and meet with K9 agents and agents.
About one in 44 children in the United States has autism, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some of the challenges that come with autism include social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.
The head of public information, Miguel Cabrera, says that the aim of the event is to strengthen the connection between the Salinas police and families with autism.
“The Salinas police department wants to improve the quality of interactions between loved ones and families with autism,” he said. “We want to know them and know the specific indicators that your loved one may exhibit. We don’t want to misinterpret certain behaviors, such as responding to verbal cues as a challenge that can lead to unsafe interaction with the police.”
The event will be held at the Salinas Police Service Headquarters at 312 Alisal Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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