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Date: April 28, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

Register HERE for this session

The UP Project is hosting an Ask the Expert session on "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) -  Recognition and Response for First Responders" with Guillermo Auyon on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 10 am PDT.

The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. After registration, participants will receive a link to a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Guillermo Auyon. This session is a pre-requisite and will provide a foundation on recognizing and responding to the scene with a victim with a developmental disability related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Guillermo will discuss common indicators to identify individuals with ASD, actions that can trigger a negative response, best practices, tools for your “toolbox” and governmental and non-profit organization resources. 

Part two is the live, virtual Ask the Expert session held on April 28, 2020 at 10 am PDT.  Questions can be sent prior to the session or asked live during the event. It is strongly encouraged that participants view the 20-minute session to allow for a deeper conversation during the live Ask the Expert event.

Guillermo Auyon is a retired Special Agent in Charge of the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ). He spent 13 years with the CA DOJ, retiring in December 2019. SAC Auyon was the Program Manager for the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, e-Crimes/Cyber Crimes Unit, Pharmaceutical Narcotics Task Force (RxNET) and the Foreign Prosecution and Law Enforcement Unit (FPLEU). While assigned to the FPLEU as a Supervisor and Agent for over 10 years, SAC Auyon developed an expert background on Foreign Prosecutions in Mexico, Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions and domestic & international law enforcement relations.  SAC Auyon has an extensive background working with various domestic and international law enforcement agencies, central authorities, district attorney offices, social services and non-profit organizations. For the past 4 years, SAC Auyon has taken a profound personal and professional interest in the recognition and response practices with our special needs community.

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