The Law Enforcement Awareness Network

It is the mission of L.E.A.N. On Us to provide first responders with information and resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness.

Former Officer Carolyn Gammicchia and Officer Andrew Gammicchia are the founders of L.E.A.N. On Us

IACP Releases Report: Improving Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness

Autism Now - L.E.A.N. On Us, 5-3-2011,One Hour Webinar Presentation Available to View
Autism Now - L.E.A.N. On Us Webinar Session "Safety Issues for Families and Individuals with ASD". 5-3-2011 - PDF of Powerpoint Presentation

Exciting Materials Available!

Serving Victims of Crime with Autism

L.E.A.N. On Us Executive Director Carolyn Gammicchia and Catriona Johnson collaborated on the Crime Victims with Autism Assistance, Education, and Training Program, a project funded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, to develop a series of fact sheets and brochures to assist crime victim assistance professionals, families, and individuals with autism have been created via a Networking Grant brought together by L.E.A.N. On Us and the HCC-ASA.

A 2007 project survey of individuals with autism and their families revealed that 35% of individuals with autism have been the victim of a crime.  These materials are the first of a series of publications designed to improve services to crime victims with autism and can be downloaded without cost here. The project’s training curriculum, developed by Ms. Gammicchia and Ms. Johnson, is available for delivery.  Please contact us via the contact below to discuss bringing the eight hour training program to your community.

Two Brochures and Six Fact Sheets Are Available

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Brochure for victims of crime
who have autism.

Brochure for individuals who have
a loved one who is a victim of crime
who has autism.


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Fact Sheet for Law Enforcement

Fact Sheet for Judicial Sector

Fact Sheet for Child Abuse Counselors

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Fact Sheet for Paramedics and
Emergency Medical Professionals

Fact Sheet for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselors

Fact Sheet for Social Worker Professionals

Resources Available for Professionals
Who Serve Victims of Crime with Disabilities

Resources for Appropriate Response to Victims of Crime with Disabilities

Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview—Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication and/or Cognitive Disabilities (April 2007)

This 57-minute DVD (NCJ 212894) provides a specific set of guidelines for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, forensic interviewers, and others for interviewing adults and children with communication and/or cognitive disabilities. An interactive companion discussion guide including a complete transcript of the DVD and a glossary of terms and concepts used in the film is also available.
Crime Victims with Disabilities: What the Prosecutor Needs to Know About Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Traumatic Brain Injury
Crime Victims with Disabilities: What the Prosecutor Needs to Know About Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Traumatic Brain Injury
©2006 CDAA, funded by the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
Description: In this two and one-half hour DVD program, experts from across the United States, in the fields of prosecution, law enforcement, medicine, education, and social services, present techniques for accommodating individuals, conducting interviews, and presenting cases in court. Diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and traumatic brain injury are explained. Individuals with disabilities share perspectives and experiences. A model interagency team response is profiled.
Target Audience: This program is designed for professionals responsible for the investigation and prosecution of crimes against adults with disabilities, particularly of a communicative or cognitive nature.
MCLE: Attorneys licensed by the California State Bar may earn two and one- half hours of self-study credit. Attorneys outside of California should check with their own State CLE requirements.
Cost: Free to prosecutors and law enforcement while supply lasts. This program is only available in DVD. Professionals in other categories may call CDAA to inquire.
Ordering: Interested individuals should call CDAA [Phone: 916-443-2017].

Safety for Persons with Autism article
Article "Protecting Loved Ones with Autism"

Please consider becoming a member of  L.E.A.N. On Us.  Your support will assist us in providing resources and information and you will receive wonderful benefits from an organization that is indeed making a difference daily with support from the community.

Lean On Us Membership Application

The strength of the L.E.A.N. On Us Project will rely on the support and assistance provided by all of those in our communities. For those willing to commit, the benefits will greatly outweigh the effort necessary to make the project a successful one. We are asking for assistance with this project and hope that you will share our vision in making the L.E.A.N. On Us Project a reality.

We feel that by providing first responder professionals with a better understanding of hidden disabilities such as; Autism Spectrum Disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, Tourettes Syndrome, Epilepsy, I/DD, Deafness, and Mental Illness, is to provide a better relationship between those servicing our communities and all of the individual citizens they serve not matter what their needs.

We hope you will feel the same way and will support us with this project. Please join the L.E.A.N. On Us Coalition or become involved in the project as a volunteer to assist in supporting its future endeavors.  We ask that you also access the information on this website which has been arranged by disability catagory to better serve individual needs.  We also request that you forward any information that you feel will benefit other first responders to better prepare them for their daily tours in the field.

  We ask now that each of you make it a success within your communities. As individuals with over 45 years of combined service in the field and parents of a child affected by autism, we have seen the need for this type of resource sharing and information exchange for many years.  We now ask that you step up and assist us to prove the need for this very valuable awareness project.

Thank-you for visiting the L.E.A.N. On Us site and feel free to ask us any questions by contacting us at or visiting our yahoo discussion list

               We hope that you will join us in in making this project a success and contact us to assist in making changes that will benefit many. Thank-you for visiting this site and please consider becoming a member of  L.E.A.N. On Us.


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