Webinar Reveals Importance of Better Communication between Law Enforcement Officials and People with Disabilities
University of Montana Rural Institute Researcher Dr. Rosemary B Hughes and retired Sgt. of Police Michael J Sullivan presented a highly informative and well-attended webinar with compelling reasons for increasing law enforcement training in responding to crime victims with disabilities.
Drawing upon findings from their Crime Reporting Study, Hughes and Sullivan described a multi-pronged and urgent need for improved relations and increased understanding between the disability and law enforcements communities. Referring to the difficulty police have in identifying people with disabilities, Sullivan asked, "How many people have seen the Rain Man? That might be their only … notion about what people with disabilities look and act like." To hear more about this provocative look at the barriers experienced both by crime victims with disabilities and law enforcement, go to the following link for the webinar “Assisting Crime Victims with Disabilities: Identifying Barriers & Improving Law Enforcement Response: ”http://www.thearc.org/NCCJD/training/webinars/archive (sponsored by The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability)