12-year-old Noah’s favorite thing in the world is music.
“His iPod is his lifeline, that's what he loves,” said Brandon Mizar, Ogden Police Detective and Noah’s dad.
Noah has autism and uses music as a way to calm down.
“He throws on some music and he'll just sit in his room and sing along to songs and it calms him right down,” said Mizar.
Mizer is also a detective for the Ogden Police Department. He understands people on the autism spectrum react differently, but not everyone in law enforcement does.
“In the line of law enforcement, when they encounter autistic kid, they share a lot of traits that criminals may show up, like they won't make eye contact with you, they won't look directly in the face,” says Mizar.
That’s why James Vaughn, President and Co-Founder of Family of Autism and Aspergers Stand Together (FAAST), is here.
“We want to make sure the law enforcement in this community understand the signs of autism as well as how to address those people when they're in need. “
Vaughns mission is to bring together law enforcement and parents like Tricia Nelson.
“When it comes to law enforcement, there are a lot of things we really worry about,” says Nelson, mother to a 13-year-old with autism. “We’ve had to reach out to law enforcement a few times, mainly on the wandering issue.”
“The officers today are great, it's so exciting to see them come together for something they want to learn about it,” said Nelson.
“I'm trying to learn things, one for myself to help understand my child even better and better ways to handle them at home and things to take back to my department," said Mizar.