An interesting article with tips for law enforcement officers.
How to report missing adults with autism or learning disabilities respectfully.
By Elsa Matawan
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare; a loved one goes missing, and we fear for their safety. The stakes are even higher when the person has autism or a developmental difference. When dealing with older teens and adults, these unique sets of challenges open up an ethical debate over how to report the person. How much, if at all, do you reveal the challenges while maintaining the privacy rights of the person? Here are some tips on how to balance safety with respect.
Photos. Use as mature a photo as possible. Crop only the person’s face in the photo. Comfort items (stuffed animals,etc.) are personal and should be cropped out. Government issued ID is preferred.
Disclosing disability. How to disclose disability such as autism is a constant debate. How a person’s autism is disclosed is a personal matter…
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