Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department receives donations of communication boards from Autism Society of Indiana

COLUMBUS – Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers says deputies will now be better able to communicate with community members with autism and other verbal communication limitations after the Autism Society of Indiana donated communications board for patrol vehicles.

Communication boards

Sheriff Myers says the devices displays photos, symbols and pictures meant to aid people who have limited verbal language skills, so they can express themselves to deputies. Those who need help can use several methods to communicate using the boards, including gestures, pointing or blinking their eyes.

Sheriff Matt Myers

Bartholomew County deputies and corrections officers have completed training on the use of the boards.

Sheriff Myers said, “These communication boards are a welcome addition to our agency”.