Loading articles...

Virtual reality helps police learn to interact with autistic

WASHINGTON — Police officers are now using virtual reality to learn the best ways to interact with people who suffer from autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry.

A new training simulation using virtual reality headsets is being rolled out by Axon, the company best known for developing the Taser. The company is partnering with Chicago police to train its officers and plans to make it available to police departments across the U.S.

The officers can experience a situation from both the perspective of an autistic person and responding police officers.

David Kearon with the advocacy group Autism Speaks says it can be a “really fine line” for police to identify someone with autism as opposed to someone who could pose a risk.

Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

Latest Traffic & Weather
680 NEWS TRAFFIC @680NEWStraffic 680 News Traffic Twitter verified icon
Updated Today at 02:00 AM
COLLISION: #EB401 at James Snow Parkway. Right lane blocked.
Latest Traffic
680 NEWS WEATHER @680NEWSweather 
Updated Yesterday at 02:51 PM
(2:50pm) Line of thunderstorms continues to advance NE at ~55-65 km/h ahead of the cold front that will break the h…
Latest Weather