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Law Enforcement - First Responder

Autism & First Responders
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), First responders, Police/Officers/Law Enforcement, Tips

This document offers tips for emergency responders in responding to individuals with autism spectrum disorder

FILS Statewide Support for Legal Services Providers in Florida Contact List
Keywords: Legal, Resources, Justice system

This document provides a contact list for legal services

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Legal Professionals

Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program
Keywords: Suspect/offenders, Legal, Self advocates, Disability advocates

"The Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program (DDDP) is dedicated to empowering persons with developmental disabilities charged with a felony crime"

Mandatory Reporting - Elderly/Disabled
Keywords: Victims, legal, reporting, abuse neglect

This webpage lists the mandatory reporting laws in the state of Florida

Rights in a Juvenile Justice Residential Program
Keywords: Juvenile, Juvenile justice, Children, Rights

This webpage by Disability Rights Florida provides information about the basic rights of youth with developmental disabilities who are involved in residential services

Developmental Disabilities & the Criminal Justice System: A Handbook for Florida Defense Attorneys
Keywords: Legal, Attorneys/Lawyers, Justice System, Courts

This handbook is intended for helping attorneys in representing a client with developmental disability

Developmental Disabilities & The Criminal Justice System
Keywords: Legal, Attorneys/Lawyers, Justice System, Courts

This handbook is intended for helping attorneys in representing a client with developmental disability

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Victim Advocates

Ability First: Victim Assistance Specialist
Keywords: Justice System, Victims, Advocacy

"The specific services provided by the Victim Assistance Specialist include crisis counseling and follow up contact to offer emotional support and guidance; in-person information and referral to identify additional service needs and available resources; criminal justice support and advocacy to assist with all stages of the criminal justice process; personal advocacy to assist victims with such tasks as securing rights, remedies, filing for covered losses and financial assistance, and advocating for any additional identified needs."

Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Keywords: Abuse, Neglect, Reporting

This webpage by Disability Rights Florida provides information for reporting abuse, neglect and exploitation

Mandatory Reporting - Elderly/Disabled
Keywords: Victims, legal, reporting, abuse neglect

This webpage lists the mandatory reporting laws in the state of Florida

Zero Tolerance Classroom Participant’s Guide
Keywords: Victims, Training, Neglect, Abuse

"The purpose of the Zero Tolerance course is to teach direct care providers, support coordinators, and any person providing care or support to an APD client (on behalf of the Agency or its providers) about abuse, neglect and exploitation of persons with developmental disabilities"

Zero Tolerance Initiative
Keywords: Victims, Training, Neglect, Abuse, Guide

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities provides information about the Zero Tolerance Initiative which works to "end Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation against Floridians with Developmental Disabilities"

Disability Rights Florida
Keywords: Advocacy

Disability Rights Florida is a "statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida."

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Disability Advocates

Ability First: Victim Assistance Specialist
Keywords: Justice System, Victims, Advocacy

"The specific services provided by the Victim Assistance Specialist include crisis counseling and follow up contact to offer emotional support and guidance; in-person information and referral to identify additional service needs and available resources; criminal justice support and advocacy to assist with all stages of the criminal justice process; personal advocacy to assist victims with such tasks as securing rights, remedies, filing for covered losses and financial assistance, and advocating for any additional identified needs."

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
Keywords: Developmental Disability (DD), Families/Family Members

"The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services"

ASD Specific - Safety
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Safety, Video, Resources, Legal, Disability advocates

This webpage provides links related to safety, videos about law enforcement and legal rights

Developmental Disabilities & The Criminal Justice System
Keywords: Legal, Attorneys/Lawyers, Justice System, Courts

This handbook is intended for helping attorneys in representing a client with developmental disability

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
Keywords: Disability advocacy, Developmental disability (DD)

"The mission of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., is to advocate and promote meaningful participation in all aspects of life for Floridians with developmental disabilities."

Rights in a Juvenile Justice Residential Program
Keywords: Juvenile, Juvenile justice, Children, Rights

This webpage by Disability Rights Florida provides information about the basic rights of youth with developmental disabilities who are involved in residential services

Zero Tolerance Initiative
Keywords: Victims, Training, Neglect, Abuse, Guide

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities provides information about the Zero Tolerance Initiative which works to "end Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation against Floridians with Developmental Disabilities"

Disability Rights Florida
Keywords: Advocacy

Disability Rights Florida is a "statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida."

The Arc of Florida
Keywords: Advocacy

"The Arc of Florida works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), prader-willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community."

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Self-Advocates

The Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act Fact Sheet
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, Law Enforcement, Interrogation

This fact sheet discusses the Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act, which provides some protection for individuals with developmental disabilities, specifically autism, when interacting with law enforcement. The fact sheet addresses the many facets of the law, what an individual’s rights and responsibilities are under the law, and recommendations for exercising rights under the law.

10 Steps to Effective Self-Advocacy
Keywords: Advocacy, Brochure, Guide, Rights

This brochure provides ten steps for individuals with disabilities to become effective self advocates, including information about the importance of knowing and understanding one's legal rights.

Zero Tolerance Classroom Participant’s Guide
Keywords: Victims, Training, Neglect, Abuse

"The purpose of the Zero Tolerance course is to teach direct care providers, support coordinators, and any person providing care or support to an APD client (on behalf of the Agency or its providers) about abuse, neglect and exploitation of persons with developmental disabilities"

Disability Independence Group, Inc. 
Keywords: Advocacy

 

Provides wallet cards for individuals with autism or intellectual disability to help them disclose their disability when interacting with a police officer. 

Disability Rights Florida
Keywords: Advocacy

Disability Rights Florida is a "statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida."

The Arc of Florida
Keywords: Advocacy

"The Arc of Florida works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), prader-willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community."

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