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Cleartalk [microform] : Police Responding to Intellectual Disability / Mark Brennan and Roslin Brennan
Bib ID 5579159
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Brennan, Mark
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
176 p. 

The Cleartalk project was developed in New South Wales (Australia) to help police respond to the communication needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Section 1 presents "The View from the Street: A Working Knowledge of Intellectual Disability," which discusses how individuals with intellectual disabilities are denied their right of access to the law and its processes due to communication problems. It also discusses the issues of isolation and devaluation, trust and conditioning, lack of education within the criminal justice system concerning people with intellectual disabilities, and police protocols for dealing with hidden disabilities. Section 2 adopts working premises about police work, communication, and people with intellectual disabilities; reviews police responses to a questionnaire revealing different perceptions of intellectual disability; discusses educational implications for police; and outlines a recommended procedure for assessing the communicative effectiveness of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Section 3 presents Cleartalk training modules on the impact of intellectual disability on the individual, recognizing that an individual has an intellectual disability, techniques for questioning the individual, assessing communicative effectiveness, and responsive policing. A bibliography of approximately 100 items and a copy of a promotional brochure complete the report. (JDD)


Availability: Literacy Studies Network, School of Education, Charles Sturt University, P.O. Box 588, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2678, Australia ($15 Australian).

Sponsoring Agency: Criminology Research Council, Canberra (Australia).



May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Civil Rights.  |  Communication Problems.  |  Communication Skills.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Individual Needs.  |  Inservice Education.  |  Law Enforcement.  |  Mental Retardation.  |  Police Action.  |  Police Community Relationship.  |  Police Education.  |  Program Development.  |  Questioning Techniques.  |  Social Attitudes.  |  Training.  |  Cleartalk  |  Australia (New South Wales)
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.  |  Guides, Non-Classroom.
Other authors/contributors Brennan, Roslin, author  |  Charles Sturt University--Riverina School of Education
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