LCSO welcomes reform geared toward people with autism

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lee County deputies have teamed up with a local organization to rally behind the use of a simple wristband to improve relations with people who have autism.

Nearly 280,000 Floridians show up on the autism spectrum. Research shows individuals with autism are seven times more likely to have an encounter with police. These interactions can turn violent — even fatal.

But the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Moms of Children with Autism believe a blue bracelet could alert officers who could then put their training to use.

Those interested in purchasing a wristband should contact the Family Initiative. For more information visit the Family Initiative’s website.

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