De-escalating Disability De-escalating Disability aims to explore the intersectionality of race, policing and disability – specifically, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Hosted by Gavin Jackson, this podcast interviews with police officers, legal professionals and other subject matter experts, breaking down the myths surrounding ASD and examining what police may or may not be doing when responding to those with disabilities. It also includes audio from incidents that have taken place both here in South Carolina and around the country, involving members of law enforcement and individuals with ASD.
De-escalating Disability

De-escalating Disability

From South Carolina Public Radio

De-escalating Disability aims to explore the intersectionality of race, policing and disability – specifically, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Hosted by Gavin Jackson, this podcast interviews with police officers, legal professionals and other subject matter experts, breaking down the myths surrounding ASD and examining what police may or may not be doing when responding to those with disabilities. It also includes audio from incidents that have taken place both here in South Carolina and around the country, involving members of law enforcement and individuals with ASD.

Most Recent Episodes

De-escalating Disability Episode 4

De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing. On this fourth installment, we take a closer look at policing in South Carolina, speak with the head of the state's criminal justice academy, and hear what others on the frontline of the law are doing to improve relations with the communities they serve. A collaborative effort, the idea for De-escalating Disability originated out of the Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative last year. Jackson, a

De-escalating Disability Episode 3

De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing. On this episode, we hear what one mother is telling her son with Autism Spectrum Disorder about interacting with police and how she feels officers aren't prepared enough to handle such a situation without it possibly turning into a tragedy. A collaborative effort, the idea for De-escalating Disability originated out of the Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative last year. Jackson, a participant in the

De-escalating Disability Episode 2

De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing. On this second installment, we speak with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) specialist Dr. Laura Carpenter of the Medical University of South Carolina about the fundamentals of ASD as well as her research into the interaction between people with disabilities and the criminal justice system. A collaborative effort, the idea for De-escalating Disability originated out of the Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders

De-escalating Disability Episode 1

De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing — breaking down the myths surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), hear from those affected, and meet those pushing for awareness and making change. On this first episode, we examine issues of excessive force practices used by police officers, especially when they involve unarmed individuals and people of color. Factoring in a person living with ASD, and the resulting breakdown of miscommunication and perceived

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