BE SAFE can often be found in your local and national news!
Look at all of our noteworthy news stories about how we’re spreading autism and special needs safety awareness throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Emily Iland and Thomas Iland trained valley officers in interacting with people with autism. Featured on August 18, 2018

The event helped officers and people with autism get a better understanding of how to interact with each other in certain scenarios.

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Tom and Emily Iland talk BE SAFE: The Movie on KGUN9 ABC News in Phoenix, Arizona August 16, 2018

The Morning Blend interviewed Tom and Emily Iland about educating police about autism.

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Worried about the safety of your child with autism or with other exceptional needs?

Check out “7 Safety Strategies for Kids with Special Needs” in LA Parent Magazine

September 21, 2017 – Sonoma County

Sonoma County law enforcement and people with autism gather to teach each other by Julie Johnson. The Press Democrat captured the story and images behind an excellent BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening, attended by peace officers from 13 different Sonoma County agencies and dozens of local youth. [View]

April 19, 2017 – CSUN, Northridge

Emily Iland: Facing Autism, Fighting for Families Featured on CSUN Today

An article featured on CSUN today about Emily Iland and her efforts to improve the lives of people with autism and beyond.

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December 25, 2016 – Autastic: A Comedians Guide to Autism, EP. 72: Cops and People with Autism

Thank you to comedian Kirk Smith, the father of a teenager on the spectrum, who interviewed Emily and Tom about their work teaching people with autism to interact with police, and helping police to understand people with autism and similar disabilities. Thanks also to Graham Kay for your insights and comments after the interview. We appreciate your encouragement and support! [View]

December 13, 2016 – Pizza with Police provides slice of reality for officers, children by Adam Silva

“It’s all about awareness,” said Pembroke Police Chief Richard Wall. “The more citizen groups like this help us train, the better we are. The criminal justice training council can only provide so much. They’re working on things, but for us going to get training like this, it’s just a great opportunity.” [View]

November, 2016 – The Magazine of Santa Clarita: Chronicling a Mother’s Mission

Thank you for highlighting our many years of effort to promote safety in the SCV and beyond! [View]

August 10, 2016 – San Antonio Police teach teens and adults with autism to be safe, La Prensa

“We are proud to sponsor the ‘Be Safe’ community safety event with the Autism Society of Central Texas, and this represents the first of many events of this nature we will sponsor in the AACOG region,” said Diane Rath, AACOG executive director. “Any opportunity for our law enforcement community and our disability community to share and learn together is a win-win for us all.” [View]

August 7, 2016 – Autistic Teens Learn Skills to Interact with Police. Eyewitness News San Antonio

“When police officers approach, stop and do exactly what the police officer tells you. That’s the message that’s being taught here today,” said Chief William McManus of the San Antonio Police Department. 16-year-old Hunter Simpson said after Saturday’s workshop he feels more comfortable with police. “I learned how you should never run away from the police, that you should never fight with them and you should never argue with them,” he said. [View]

August 6, 2016 – Autism awareness event held to train police officers, community. By Alec Schreck – MMJ/Reporter

A community safety event held Saturday morning in San Antonio featured people with autism and city police officers teaching one another the safest way to interact” [View]

August 6, 2016 – Police officers help teach safety skills to autistic teens, young adults by Zack Hedrick, News 4 San Antonio

The one on one interactions [at the BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening] help officers and those in the community with autism create a mutual understanding. “It’s good for them to know what to expect when we come into contact with us,” said Officer Scott Boehm, an officer with 28 years on the force. “It makes them safer it makes us safer.” [View]

September 16, 2015 – All Autism Talk (AST)

Join Rob Haupt of Autism Spectrum Therapies for the All Autism Talk podcast with guest Emily Iland M.A. The lively chat focuses on how to help individuals on the spectrum learn to interact safely with police. We discuss why autism should not be kept a secret from someone who has it, and the importance of self-awareness at every age.  [View]

September 15, 2015 – The Future is Bright

Apprentice winner and attorney Stephanie Schaeffer and BE SAFE The Movie Creator Emily Iland M.A. discuss how to promote safe interactions between the police and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  [View]

October 10, 2014 – LAPD Blog

Autism Society of Los Angeles bridged the gap between law enforcement and the autism community.  [View]

October 9, 2014 – Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD and children with autism learn to understand each other, By Susan Abram.  [View]

October 9, 2014 – Annenberg TV News

LAPD and Students Complete “Mission Possible” for Autism Awareness, By Tami Abdollah.  [View]

October 9, 2014 – SFGate

LA Police and autistic students hang out, learn, By Tami Abdollah.  [View]

October 3, 2014 – OpEdNews

OpEdNews interviews Emily Iland about Be Safe The Movie, By Joan Brunwasser.  [View]

August 28, 2014 – Swirling and Marriage

Ferguson, Mo Reminds Parents with Black Autistic Young men of Their Worst Nightmare By Lorraine Spencer.  [View]

August 27, 2014 – Vice Media

This Woman Wants to Teach You How to Not Get Shot by the Police By Dave Schilling.  [View]

August 23, 2014 – NPR, Code Switch Blog

For parents of young black men with autism extra fear about police By Rebecca Hersher.  [View]

August 19, 2014 – The Mother Love Show, LA Talk Radio

Emily Iland, M.A., explains how BE SAFE the Movie and its related materials can be used to teach teens/young adults, teachers and communities how to interact safely with the police while officers learn to understand and respond to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (Segment starts at 64:30).  [View]

August 18, 2014 – KDLG Public Radio for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

BE SAFE The Movie: Helping Improve Understanding Between Law Enforcement, Young People with Autism By Thea Card.  [View]

July 30, 2014 – Autism Live w/ Shannon Penrod and Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson

Emily Iland, author, autism advocate and creator of BE SAFE the Movie, talks about important safety considerations that autism parents should understand and act on.  [View]

July 28, 2014 – Telemundo National News

MariaPaula Ochoa explains model programs from Los Angeles, including BE SAFE and Experience Autism, both used by the Los Angeles Police Department and authored by Emily Iland.  [View]

July 18, 2014 – La Opinión (Los Angeles)

Fomentan relación policial/ Fostering Relationships with Police By Marvelia Alpizar.  [View]

July 1, 2014 – Los Angeles Times

Advocate shows autistic people how to have safe encounters with police. Sandy Banks describes the benefits of a BE SAFE Interactive Screening in South Central Los Angeles.  [View]

June 2, 2014 – CBS News

“4-year-old boy with autism reported missing in Santa Clarita found unconscious in pool” by Randy Paige. Autism safety expert Emily Iland is interviewed about ways to promote safety and prevent tragedy.  [View]

June, 2014 – Exceptional Parent Magazine

Autism Meets the Police: What Will Your Child Do? By Emily Iland, M.A.
Practical tips for parents to focus on safety needs and resources to teach key skills.  [View]

April 24, 2014 – Santa Maria (CA) Times

Workshop to focus on police, special needs people. Hidden Wings, a Santa Barbara County non-profit, is going the extra mile to bring key safety programs to help local Sheriffs respond to the special needs community.  [View]

September 24, 2012 – Empowering Hearts Interview

Single Mothers Outreach proudly presents the third annual, Empowering Hearts Gala honoring women, art, and community. Meet Emily Iland, author/advocate and founder of the Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network, our Icon of Autism Advocacy. [View]

May, 2012 – Eastern Group Publications (EPG) 

Capacitase para Mejor Abogar para su Hijo Diagnosticado con Autismo
Know your rights to better advocate for your child with autism by Gloria Angelina Castillo
.  [View]

May 12, 2008 – US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

Navigating the Untamed Waters of Autism . By Isaac Itman Us Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.  [View]

December, 2008Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 Partner Spotlight: Many People, Many Ways: How One Mom is Increasing Awareness of Developmental Disabilities- Emily Iland Autism advocate and campaign champion, Santa Clarita, California.  [View]


Autism advocate and campaign champion, Santa Clarita, California.


Many People, Many Ways: How One Mom is Increasing Awareness of Developmental Disabilities.