My Son, J.H. for Huffington Post

"Two years ago, at the start of the school year, Rosie Phillips got a call from her son’s school, asking her to come pick him up. When she arrived, she found him slumped on the hallway floor, sitting in a puddle of his own urine, with a Taser prong still attached to his body. A crowd of adults huddled around him, staring and chatting, not paying him much attention. Phillips called her son’s name, and he looked at her blankly." This is the story of Rosie and her son J.H. who has autism, is non-verbal and when he was 17-years-old tased by a police officer on his way back to his classroom after going down the hall to the bathroom. The lack of education and training for officers, first responders and educators on how to best help folks on the spectrum is frightening and as this story shows, quite dangerous.

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