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Be Safe Interactive Movie Screenings

This 2.5 hour training brings local police together with up to 20 teens and adults with ASD/ID/DD, plus their parents, caregivers, teachers, therapists and adult services staff. The training uses video modeling to show viewers how to interact with the police in everyday encounters. Seven episodes demonstrate skills ranging from following instructions to the right to remain silent. Visit the Be Safe The Movie website to learn more. To discuss bringing a Be Safe session to your location or area, contact Shelly McLaughlin at

View the segment from our September 2015 Be Safe session in Harford County that aired on Harford County’s AbiliTV.

“My 13 year old son with Autism and I attended the Interactive movie screening for “Be Safe The Movie” in Gaithersburg, MD on September 23, 2015. It was a full house! The demonstrations, games and activities he participated in throughout the day really helped him to understand that he does not need to be afraid of the Police, and how to communicate with them. Emily Iland, the instructor and creator of Be Safe, paused the movie throughout to explain the situations and allow the audience to ask questions. I am glad we attended and walked away feeling relieved and confident that if my son ever has an encounter with the Police, he will be just fine. Thanks to Pathfinders for setting up this wonderful event.” – Melanie Wissinger

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