This evening, I attended the Open House held especially for families who have a loved one affected by a disability. Vendor tables were free and I set up a simple vendor table to represent families who have a loved one diagnosed with NCD (neurocognitive disorder, aka dementia). I wanted to be educated about how first responders are counseled to communicate with a non-verbal person who has NCD with aphasia (inability to speak). I was disappointed that IDD (Intellectual Developmental Disorder) and autism were discussed but NCD was overlooked. When I mentioned that I was disappointed that NCD/dementia was not mentioned as one of the disabilities, I was asked if I would come back and be on a panel to teach police officers about communication methods for people with NCD, and I readily agreed.
I didn't know that the old Arlington "dog pound" on west Pioneer Pkwy is now the Police Training Center (fixed up very nicely). I met some interesting people at the Open House.
It's wonderful that the Arlington Police Department is making the effort to connect with various special populations in our city so that understanding stretches in both directions!