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People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Law Enforcement

Steven Slack's presentation will focus on the National Down Syndrome Society's program of training law enforcement on how to engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He will speak on key points of receptive and expressive language, crisis intervention and establishing trust. The talk will also cover models of behavior that are successful in school and clinical settings. The event is hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

About the Speaker
Steven Slack is an ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society. He is part of the Special Engagement Initiative, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Marshal Service, the West Virginia State Police, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, the City of Charleston Police Department and the National Down Syndrome Society. He is a member of the National Down Syndrome Society's Inclusive Education Task Force, the West Virginia Treasurer's Office's WVABLE Advisory Committee and the board of the Applied Behavior Learning Center. A 1991 WVU graduate, Slack trains West Virginia State Police cadet classes and has given similar training to law enforcement in Pennsylvania and to the U.S. Marshal Service. He has met with the U.S. Department of Education, West Virginia Department of Education, and with county Boards of Education regarding disability issues.