The recent development of a trial by Strathclyde police in partnership with Autism organisations in the police service area has caused no little controversy on Twitter recently. Opinions seem very polarised about this scheme with some folks worried about the implications of a police database containing details of people affected by Autism. Others feel that this might be quite a useful thing, particularly in cases where the police come into contact with autistic folks and are puzzled or alarmed by what appears to them to be unusual, strange, or even aggressive behaviour. The scheme has been Reported in the press and hailed as a landmark development, but of course, opinions do differ.
Questions about access to details, removal on request, appropriate use are all ones which are being asked, however, the trial will be evaluated after a year so perhaps a more positive picture will emerge after this evaluation.
What do you think? Is this a positive development or do you have concerns about privacy, or databases of disabilities in general? All comments great fully received...
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