You Can't Talk About Us Without Us: Training Officers About People with IDDs | WYPR

You Can't Talk About Us Without Us: Training Officers About People with IDDs

Jan 17, 2019

Actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities perform reality-based training scenarios to improve police encounters with people with disabilities.
Credit Loyola University Maryland

Sometimes tragedy gives birth to social change. Six years ago Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down Syndrome, died in an encounter with law-enforcement. Could adequate training have changed that outcome? Ethan’s mother Patti Saylor thinks so. She tells us about officer training designed to help contacts with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDDs.

And we meet Lisa Schoenbrodt, a Loyola professor coaching people with IDDs to perform reality scenarios for the trainings, and Patrick Chaney, an actor with autism.

For more information about the Ethan Saylor Alliance, visit this link.