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Published July 05, 2013, 03:04 PM

Bringing autism awareness to the valley and law enforcement

A local woman is working to increase autism awareness. With autism spectrum disorders now affecting one in every eighty-eight children, Grafton resident Barbara Field is pushing to increase the awareness and understanding of autism in the Red River Valley.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

A local woman is working to increase autism awareness. With autism spectrum disorders now affecting one in every eighty-eight children, Grafton resident Barbara Field is pushing to increase the awareness and understanding of autism in the Red River Valley.

As a parent of an autistic child, Field wants more information and training for law enforcement and medical personnel.

Field: "They know they could be walking up to a car that could be dangerous and now you have an individual inside is acting very strange and the next thing you know an incident took place that never should have taken place because the officer wasn't aware that this individual had autism."

Field is currently working on bringing Matt Brown to North Dakota. Brown is a father of an autistic child and 25 year police veteran in the state of Maine. He provides training and information on autistic children.

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