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Norwood aims to reduce stress of police encounters for people with autism

From lights and sirens to loud radios, encounters with police can be distressing for people with autism spectrum disorders.

A new program in Norwood is hoping to make those encounters less stressful.

NICE, Norwood Identifies Citizen Encounters, is a way for families to share information with police about the specific needs of their loved ones.

“People who have autism have some anxiety as well, and so if things are out of the routine, or there could be loud noises or something happening it could be very upsetting to them,” said Julia Anixt, MD, director of the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s.

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