We recently conducted a series of training workshop for special needs teenagers aged 12 and above, aimed at educating them on how to interact with police officers. Our SNAP program (Special Needs Awareness Program) was designed to provide the teenagers with an understanding of the role of law enforcement and how to respond appropriately in situations involving police officers. The workshop took place on March 4, 2023, and was conducted by seven volunteers from Peer 1 on 1. The training consisted of seven lessons, each prepared by volunteers with pictures, interactive games, and role plays. The purpose of these activities was to teach neurodiverse children and their families how to react to police officers' instructions and commands. We received positive feedback from parents, and the children were enthusiastic about participating in each game. We were fortunate to have Officer Aragon from the Irvine police station provide guidance and supervision for the training. Officer Aragon shared his experience working with special needs students and answered many safety-related questions from families. The "Be Safe" video, specially designed for neurodiverse youth, was used for the training, and Officer Aragon's expertise and insights were invaluable to this class. Due to popular demand, we will be conducting this training multiple times. We believe that this training is an essential resource for special needs teenagers and encourage everyone to attend. It's free, and water and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
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