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Free Autism class for law enforcers this week

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Law enforcers have a chance to take a free class to learn more about Autism at Albany Technical College.

EMS Instructor Bryan Barnes is hosting the class this Friday and has about 20 spots opened.

He says often Autistic kids are misunderstood in high stress situations and end up getting tased or handcuffed.

 Law enforcers will learn interview techniques and get to interact with autistic children

"You have to kind of remove them out of a stressful environment as they can be very stimulated when police or first responders show up and we have our lights and we have our sirens and that adds to the problem," says Albany Tech EMS Instructor Bryan Barnes.

Officers will also get eight hours of credit for the course. To sign up, send an email to Bryan Barnes at bbarnes@albanytech.edu.

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