February Virtual Parent Workshop Hosted by The Katherine Thomas School
Free and Open to the Public

Topic: Safety in the Community
Presenter: Officer Laurie Reyes, Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Outreach Program, Community Engagement Division, Montgomery County Police Department

Description: Officer Laurie Reyes has been a Montgomery County Police officer for 24 years. In 2005, she created and implemented what is now called the Montgomery County Police Autism and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Alzheimer’s, Dementia Outreach Program and has served in this program since that time. Initially, Officer Reyes started the program to address the increase in calls for service involving individuals with Autism and IDD and Alzheimer’s who were the focus of a report for a “missing at risk” person. The program has expanded to provide resources way beyond wandering prevention and awareness. As she and other officers became more involved with assisting these communities, it became apparent, she needed to create a multi-level approach to the program: to provide education, follow up, outreach, empowerment and response. The MCPD Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Unit provides Montgomery County police and other surrounding agencies the necessary tools to ensure positive/effective and safe interactions with the Autism/IDD and Alzheimer’s communities. The program offers guidance and assistance to individuals who have Autism and IDD and to their caregivers. Caregivers gain insight into what they can do to keep their loved ones safe and develop an understanding that the police are a valuable resource when they need assistance.

Workshop Logistics

Date and Time: Thursday, February 24, 2022 AT 7:00 PM
Location: Virtual via Zoom (Link Will Be Emailed)
RSVP: By February 22, 2022. Please email Shelley McGinness ktsworkshops@ttlc.org