Crawford County Sheriff's Office employees are joining with other organizations around the world to promote Autism Acceptance Month by wearing autism ribbons on their uniforms. CCSO personnel will be wearing autism pins throughout the month of April to help with the understanding that autism is not a choice, however, acceptance is.
The puzzle pattern of the ribbon reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum and the different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.
When encountering persons with autism, it may be difficult to communicate with them or understand their displayed behaviors. This can potentially lead to unintended outcomes or misinterpretations. Sheriff Darin Layman noted it has been an important step to have CCSO employees receive ongoing training through the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) program to better prepare them when engaging with a citizen with autism or other disorders.
For more information on autism visit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/
Pictured from left: Sgt. Brad Brooks, Deputy Todd Hecox, Sgt. Shawn Karl, Cpl. Andrea Koenig, and Major Adam Carnal.