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May 24, 2013

Autistic Crime Victims

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A 2007 Autism Society survey of individuals with autism and their families revealed that 35% of individuals with autism have been the victim of a crime. And that's only the percentage that we KNOW of that have been reported. 


In California, hundreds of cases of clandestine abuse and neglect of severely-autistic people go unreported in Level 1-4 group homes, licensed by the Department of Social Services, and Intermediate Care Facilities, licensed by the Department of Health. When abuse IS exposed or reported, some people in these agencies work furiously to cover their own inept asses. 

It's one of the most shocking, callous things I've ever witnessed. No regard for the crime victim. Just damage control. 


Here's an example: 
When an autistic person in San Diego County gets abused, the San Diego Regional Center wants to know if the abuse may get leaked to the national or local MEDIA.  GOD forbid the media may expose the abuse! We can't have that. Cover it up. Do nothing to improve the system. 

Found on SDRC's website: 

SDRC to transmit to DDS (department of developmental services) within 2 working days from the time anyone in SDRC was notified or has knowledge of the incident. 


WHAT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SPECIAL INCIDENT REPORT?

Within the first 24 hours, the initial report should include as much pertinent information as possible. Outcomes and investigation finding will be added to the report as the information becomes available.
So, there's A-H, then we see hidden within all this, read on until you get to M......

I. When filling out the incident report please include as much of the following information as possible:


J. If the police were involved in the incident, include the name(s), badge number(s), police department, and phone number(s) of the responding police officer(s).
K. Include what action will be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. 
L. Include what other individuals/agencies were notified of the incident (parents, conservator, guardian, licensing agency, protective services agency, etc.). For agency contacts, include the name of the contact person and their phone number.
m. "If the incident is expected to generate media interest, note this in the report."
Source: http://sdrc.org/service-providers/special-incident-reporting/

Now you see where the real priorities are with these people who claim to be "advocates" of the disabled...pathetic. 

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