Autism Awareness Project

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by certain behavior and communication patterns with symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Individuals with Autism have difficulty with communicating, socializing, and processing information.  There is often nothing about how people with Autism look that sets them apart from other people. However, autistic individuals are usually associated with rigid and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Many people with Autism have difficulty paying attention and managing their reactions. Other characteristics of autism may include resistance to eye contact, inappropriate laughing, resistance to change in routines, and fascination with specific objects. Currently, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism and it is four times more likely to affect boys than girls. While learning difficulty is commonly associated with autism, these individuals can learn if given the proper education and environment in which to develop their skills.

The El Monte Police Department Autism Awareness Project is aimed at raising public attention to identify, understand, and have knowledge of the resources available when interacting with individuals with Autism.

The puzzle pattern is associated to the complexity of ASD. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with Autism. The Light It Up Blue Campaign is intended to raise awareness for Autism in the month of April.

The El Monte Police Department would like to participate with other organizations in bringing awareness to support those with Autism. The awareness and support is extended to those family members, caretakers, teachers, therapists, doctors, and health care providers, who have dedicated themselves to care for and have played a key role in the development of those with this unique developmental disability. 

In an effort to raise awareness, the El Monte Police Department has partnered with the El Monte Police Officers Association in introducing the Autism Awareness Police Patch. These unique police patches will be available for sale to all city employees and the public for $10 each. A pin design will be available for individual officers to wear on their uniforms to show their support. All proceeds will be donated to a local charity located in the City of El Monte.

Thank you in advance for your support from the El Monte Police Department and the El Monte Police Officers Association.

Our unique police patches can be purchased by contacting Sergeant Beatriz Guadarrama and Officers Mark Gonzalez, Miriam Cuevas, and Daniel Romero at the El Monte Police Department, 11333 East Valley Boulevard, El Monte, California 91731, or (626) 580-2109. 

Any further questions or information needed, please contact:

Sergeant Beatriz Guadarama at bguadarrama@elmontepd.org or via text at (626) 807-0529.