In February 2016 a person with Autism was shot and killed by police. Cynthia Macluskie, Vice President of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, knew something had to change. Nancy Martinez suggested she investigate Be Safe the Movie created by Emily Iland. Be Safe The Movie is the first curriculum to teach people with developmental disabilities how to interact successfully with police. Autism Society of Greater Phoenix connected with Emily Iland and began the work to create BE SAFE In AZ. With the help of Autism Society of America, Autism Speaks, ADDPD, SARRC and First Place we were able to bring Emily Iland to Arizona and conduct two Be Safe Certification courses and now Arizona has 97 Be Safe Trainers who can conduct these interactive screenings and teach people of all ages with developmental disabilities how to Be Safe with Police. The program has been embraced by all law enforcement agencies in the valley and Autism Society of Greater Phoenix has successfully conducted 50 Be Safe Interactive Screenings, educated over 2500 community members, over 1000 individuals with disabilities and interacted with over 250 law enforcement officers.
BE SAFE The Movie uses video modeling to show viewers how to interact with the police in everyday encounters. Positive models help viewers of all abilities learn what to do and say when meeting the police.
Crucial safety skills are clearly demonstrated in 7 Episodes, ranging from following instructions to the right to remain silent. In each scene, real police interact with special needs individuals, giving BE SAFE true authenticity.
BE SAFE is great for teens and adults with disabilities and EVERYONE else for that matter! Help prevent problems and improve outcomes in police encounters with these 7 Episodes. Learn More HERE
Buy the curriculum HERE
Autism Society of Greater Phoenix conducts 4 Be Safe Interactive Screenings each year. There are now 97 certified educators who can conduct these screenings. Our mission is to make Be Safe Interactive Screens accessible to the public, support the 97 certified educators to connect with the public and advertise all Be Safe Interactive Screenings in the state of Arizona. Although this website is maintained by Autism Society of Greater Phoenix this website and the work being done is a collaboration of many agencies and individuals. It takes a community to create change and we are honored to partner with all of these agencies and with law enforcement.