NCCJD in the news...
The University of Montana's Rural Institute
The University of Montana's Rural Institute highlighted NCCJD's webinar series on victim's issues in a brief article about the urgent need for improved relations and increased understanding between the disability and law enforcements communities.
The Washington Post
The Arc and NCCJD staff quoted in this story about the case of a boy with autism who was allegedly bullied and assaulted by two teenage girls in Maryland.
NCCJD was highlighted in an article by The Arc’s Program Manager for Justice Initiatives, Leigh Ann Davis, in the Summer 2014 issue of Apostrophe. In the article, The Arc’s CEO, Peter Berns, shows his strong support for this area of advocacy stating that “no similar center on this topic exists, nor are there sufficient resources to address the gap in expertise in the field, and so this effort is long overdue.”
Special Needs Alliance
The Special Needs Alliance highlighted the launch of NCCJD.
NCCJD’s advisor, Carolyn Gammicchia is co-founder of L.E.A.N On Us, The Law Enforcement Awareness Network. Their mission is to provide first responders with information and resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness. In a recent feature in "The Advocate", Carolyn helped spread the word about NCCJD in a spotlight entitled “Hope on the Horizon,” which highlights NCCJD as a first-of-its-kind national resource center for advocates looking for information about the criminal justice system. Carolyn is a former police officer and her husband and co-founder, Andrew Gammicchia is currently a police officer. Their life experiences, both professionally and personally, have driven this exceptional family to create cutting edge trainings and materials. For more on The Gammicchia family, see their article in the Advocate, “Emergency Response: Law Enforcement and Autism.”