Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC, FL UCEDD/LEND) Publishes Law Enforcement Training Curriculum

January 10, 2012

In 2008, the Hillsborough County Sherriff Office's (HCSO) requested to collaborate with FCIC staff in the development of a "Law Enforcement and Disabilities" training curriculum focused on creating awareness and understanding. With funding and support from the Florida Office of Disability and Health at the University of Florida, the FCIC has now published this field-tested, 4-hour curriculum on disability awareness for training law enforcement personnel.

The curriculum emphasizes person first language, inclusion and interacting and communicating with individuals with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mobility disabilities (including cerebral palsy), mental health conditions, deafness, blindness, epilepsy, autism, and Alzheimer's disease.

A curriculum kit is available on cd which include 3 sections: 1) An Overview, 2) Training Participant Materials, 3) Trainer material which includes videos vignettes, experiential training activities, and interviews with self-advocates. If you would like to obtain a copy of this curriculum free-of-charge, please email: Nila Benito or Bobbie Vaughn