Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This module introduces participants to intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their characteristics, how to recognize them, and tips for responding more effectively as an officer.
It is recommended that this module be co-taught by a disability advocate or professional and a person with a developmental disability. A field training officer or coordinator in crisis response should also be available to assist with the delivery of the content, as needed. Encourage participants to ask questions throughout the module.
Time 120 minutes
Upon completing this module, participants should be able to:
Understand the basic characteristics of IDD;
Describe at least three strategies to identify potential IDD;
Name at least four common interactions with law enforcement; and
Use effective communication skills when interacting with a person with a disability.