Join a panel discussion on September 23 from 11 a.m. to Noon on disability advocacy, law enforcement, and mental health first response fields to hear more about these solutions, how policing impacts people with disabilities, and how Congress can help both improve positive interactions and minimize negative interactions between people with disabilities and law enforcement.
Policing in the U.S. has become a contentious issue in recent years, but the role that disability plays in interactions with law enforcement has largely been left out of the conversation. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are overrepresented in our criminal justice system – from victimization to prison/jail populations – impacting not only disabled people and their families but also the officers who strive to fairly protect our communities. Solutions are emerging all over the country from improved and expanded training and partnerships to new units for non-violent emergencies, and more.
- Leigh Ann Davis, Director, Criminal Justice Initiatives at The Arc of the United States
- Rebecca Hancock, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
- Philip Fornaci, Senior Staff Attorney, National Disability Rights Network
- Carleigh Sailon, Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) Operations Manager, Denver 911
The event is hosted and moderated by the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition