Tools to help with autism communication donated to deputies

Bartholomew County deputies will be better able to communicate with community members with autism and other verbal communication limitations after the donation of communications boards for patrol vehicles provided by the Autism Society of Indiana.

The devices displays photos, symbols and pictures meant to aid people who have limited verbal language skills, so they can express themselves to deputies. Those who need help can use several methods to communicate using the boards, including gestures, pointing or blinking their eyes.

Bartholomew County deputies and corrections officers have been training on using the board.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said the county is constantly working towards being more inclusive. He said: “These communication boards are a welcome addition to our agency”.