Johns Hopkins All Children's Autism Program

Law Enforcement Officer Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The goal of this training, provided by the Autism Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, is to increase knowledge and awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). Participants will learn about behaviors commonly associated with ASD and how to respond in a proactive and positive manner to calls they may receive involving individuals with ASD.

Interactive Presentation

Participants will receive a half-day training in specific strategies to facilitate de-escalation in crisis situations when responding to calls involving individuals with autism. This training will increase officers’ competence and confidence when interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Additionally, participants will learn about resources available within the community to facilitate access to services for families affected by ASD.

Simulation Training

This afternoon session is first come, first serve, by registering through the links below. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn through role play scenarios utilizing the skills taught throughout the morning session.

Registration and Event Dates:

The program is currently on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Research and Education Building 
600 5th Street South 
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 

Free parking is available in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Education and Conference Center, or metered parking available throughout the campus

Training Resources

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Contact Information 

Questions can be emailed to

This program is generously funded by Cigna Foundation.

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