Emily Iland, M.A. is an award-winning author, educator, researcher, film-maker, and leader in the field of disabilities and safety. As the mother of a young man with autism and as a member of a diverse family, she brings personal experience and insight to her professional roles. Emily is bilingual in Spanish and has been actively involved with educational programs, advocacy, legislation, and parent empowerment in underserved communities in the US and abroad.
To address all aspects of safety, Emily created Experience Autism®, the only independently-validated police training for autism in the country Experience Autism® uses an empathy-based approach to help officers understand how to interact with individuals with autism and related conditions. She has personally trained more than 6,000 officers about autism and related disabilities.
In 2013 Emily created the BE SAFE Program, to teach learners of all abilities to interact safely with the police. BE SAFE The Movie uses video modeling to show viewers how to interact safely with police. Preliminary results of a new study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that BE SAFE effectively prepares youth with autism for police encounters.
o BE SAFE the Movie has captions for the hearing impaired and Spanish subtitles to reach as many people as possible, including Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
o BE SAFE Teaching Edition includes a curriculum that provides parents and teachers with additional teaching tools and resources. It’s also available in Spanish.
Finally, when it comes to solving the problems of today, relationships are everything. Emily and her son Tom bring the police and the disability community together to get to know one other at a BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening. Everyone learns from and with one another to develop mutual understanding and build bridges. A BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening is incredibly important and impactful in addressing the safety needs of diverse communities. Emily offers BE SAFE Certification Classes to prepare others to do this this impactful work in their own neighborhoods.
*BE SAFE materials are available on the BE SAFE website, www.BeSafeTheMovie.com and can be streamed into homes or classrooms via subscription from www.TeachTown.com