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Published September 02, 2013, 04:21 PM

Grafton woman and Maine police officer join forces to raise awareness of autism with public and law enforcement

A community recently struck by tragedy is working to move forward and strengthen the relationship between local police and autism awareness. On August 8th, 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia drowned in the Red River after he wandered away from home.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

A community recently struck by tragedy is working to move forward and strengthen the relationship between local police and autism awareness. On August 8th, 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia drowned in the Red River after he wandered away from home. Now, A Grafton woman and a Maine police officer are joining forces to raise awareness of autism within the public and law enforcement communities.

Barbara Field, a mother of two autistic children, is working to bring Matt Brown to the Grand Forks area to speak on autism safety and awareness. Brown is a 20 year law enforcement veteran and father of an autistic child. He provides training to law enforcement and first responders on autism and how to interact with autistic people. Brown says oftentimes those with autism can exhibit characteristics that can be misinterpreted.

Altru Hospital expressed some interest in bringing him to town as well, but they're still working out the details. Barbara Field hopes to bring Brown to the Grand Forks area as soon as possible.

For ore information on Matt Brown and Field's work to bring him to Grand Forks click here.

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