Region 8: Law Enforcement Study

The purpose of this study is to investigate barriers to effective communication between law enforcement personnel and individuals with disabilities. In Year 1, a literature review on the topic was completed, along with qualitative data collection efforts. Two focus groups of law enforcement personnel and two focus groups of individuals with disabilities were conducted in order to obtain foundational information regarding barriers to effective communication. Next steps involve designing and implementing a larger scale survey to gather additional information from law enforcement personnel and use results to inform training and technical assistance.