22 hours ago

GAPS Legal, PLLC

HPD LAUNCHES AUTISM OUTREACH PROGRAM

The Hollywood Police Department is committed to the safety of our community which it serves. In keeping with this commitment, we have instituted an Autism Awareness program that involves training for the officers and a registration program for anyone with special needs.

Because police are usually the first to respond to an emergency, it is critical that our officers have a working knowledge of autism. Officers encounter a multitude of individuals in emergency situations. Just as each emergency differs from the next, so does the individual involved, especially in regards to people on the autism spectrum.

Our program allows a caregiver of an individual on the autism spectrum, who resides in the City of Hollywood, to now go on the Hollywood Police Department’s website and submit the individual’s information. That voluntary information is confidential and will be routed to a sergeant.

📍 LINK TO FORM: www.hollywoodfl.org/FormCenter/Police-Department-9/Autism-Outreach-Program-121

This program allows officers in the field to be aware of an autistic individual at the location and tailor their approach as needed. In addition, each individual that is registered will receive a sticker that they will be able to display on their vehicle or residence. An autism awareness band and ID card will also be available.

The information provided and the displayed items will increase an officers’ ability to identify individuals and address their needs in a moment of crisis.
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2 weeks ago

GAPS Legal, PLLC

Well deserved!Congratulations Joyce !
The Foundation for the Improvement of Justice is a private not-for-profit institution founded in 1984 for the purpose of improving local, state, and federal systems of justice within the United States of America. Each year, the Foundation accepts nominations for the Paul H. Chapman Award to recognize and reward individuals and/or organizations whose innovative programs and work have made improvements in the various systems of justice.
The Florida Justice Technology Center (FJTC) is pleased to announce that Joyce Raby and FJTC have been recognized as a 2019 Paul H. Chapman winner for the innovative “tech” approach to providing access to justice. Launched in 2015 by Ms. Raby, FJTC created online tools that provide legal issue education, DIY documents assistance and solving problems themselves, and when and how to seek out legal aid help. Website evaluations for 2018 showed they reached nearly 400,000 unique visitors, serving 20,000 low-income residents.
FJTC was nominated by Emily Fasnacht, FJTC Development Director. The award includes an all expenses paid trip to an award ceremony to be held at the Four Seasons in Atlanta, GA on September 28, 2019 for both Ms. Fasnacht and Ms. Raby. The award also includes a cash prize of $10,000.
About Florida Justice Technology Center
FJTC is an independent statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, devoted to increasing access to justice through the innovative use of technology.
Contact:�Joyce Raby�3122 Mahan Drive, Suite 801-202�Tallahassee, FL 32308�Email: joyce@floridajusticetechnologycenter.org
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