LEHI, Utah – Two sisters have been helping to change the way police officers respond to those with autism and other mental disabilities, and they’ve been doing it one police department at a time.
For 29-year-old Natalie Castro, it all started when she wanted to help a friend who is an officer understand how to interact with someone who has autism. Natalie’s own sister, 27-year-old Angela, has autism.
Castro has been using her platform as Ms. Utah County to get the message out there.
“Being able to educate officers on (how to work with people with autism) is so important to have more positive interactions,” Natalie said. “One of the reasons it’s so critical for law enforcement to get trained on autism is because we have such a high number of individuals with autism here in Utah. The more numbers increase, the more it’s going to be important for our officers to engage with individuals like this.”
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