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  •  I've talked to hundreds of people about this (8+ / 0-)

    issue. The only idea that even seems valid is having our special need citizens wear something that identifies them to law enforcement and the general public. But, that old political correctness meme always comes up that, having an arm band or other means of identification of a special needs person, tends to profile them. Then again, my question is always, "Yes, that is so, but which is more important? Special need clients being profiled or dead by an error discovered too late?"

    A real quandray for those of us who devote our lives to assisting the developmentally disabled.

    Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

    by Wendys Wink on Sun May 06, 2012 at 06:28:37 AM PDT

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    •  I have thought that perhaps a small bracelet, kind (5+ / 0-)

      of like the ones worn by diabetic people, night work. Small and unobtrusive--it could have the person's name and contact information engraved on it along with their diagnosis.

      But another issue this raises is in the training of law enforcement--it's not that hard to tell when you are dealing with a person who is developmentally delayed or has a mental disability. Cops need better training on how to deal with those kinds of situations appropriately.

      •  Even though police get some training, it isn't (5+ / 0-)

        enough. I've thought of a small bracelet too, but it would have to be distinct and that nobody else can purchase or have if not developmentally disabled. Over the years, I've settled on an arm band. Hunters wear them. Grieving persons wear them, etc.

        My client suffers from autism and I've talked myself blue in the face over the years that self-protection is very important, thus he should do his normal gesture movements because it can scare people who don't know he is autistic.

        Sometimes, political correctness can hurt more than help. I'd rather my client can be identified as a citizen that may need assistance, than having him end up like the man in Arizona. Dead.

        My whole day is ruined because of what has happened. It hits way too close to home

        Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

        by Wendys Wink on Sun May 06, 2012 at 07:48:27 AM PDT

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      •  I am drafting a D as we speak on this tonyahky (1+ / 0-)
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        PLEASE Stop Mitt (the Pitts) Romney from stealing the Presidential Election!

        by laserhaas on Sun May 06, 2012 at 08:37:19 AM PDT

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