The Road We’ve Shared is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Ethan Saylor
The Road is just one of the positive things that has come out of this tragedy.
The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions have embraced the need for change and with others have developed a comprehensive program of training new recruits and in servicing current officers. The city of Frederick, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Harford, Caroline, Prince George’s, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, and other municipalities have actively sought out training and activities to improve relationships with community members with disabilities, the goal being safety and positive outcome for all when law enforcement personnel intersect with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities or mental health issues.
The governor of Maryland established the Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. The commission is diligently working with representatives of law enforcement, Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland emergency medical system, Maryland Public Transportation, self-advocates, the Maryland court system, and state disability organizations and advocates to make systemic change.
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is investigating the circumstances of my son’s death. The Justice Department’s Special Litigation Unit is investigating the policies and practices of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on the issue of the safety of people with disabilities interacting with law enforcement. I testified at this hearing along with others committed to this issue.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police reached out to me and other advocates to assist in updating their policies.
The ARC of the United States received a grant from the Justice Department to create the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability.
We rallied behind her – but blaming Patti for her son’s death is just a symptom of the bigger problem:
Personal Attacks – #JenkinsMustGo – #JusticeForEthan – Stephanie Holland 9/16/14
According to Jenkins, Best to Keep a Person With Down Syndrome at Home – Mardra Sikora 9/22/14
Continuing the March
We Will Not Forget! #JusticeForEthan
Some of the posts about Ethan on The Road
- Justice For Ethan – main page
- Justice For Ethan film Kickstarter page
- Interview with Ed Rhodes – Mardra Sikora 3/24/14
- Ticket for Ethan – Patti Saylor 8/27/14
- From the director of film: Ethan’s Law – Ed Rhodes 2/25/14
- We Want Change! #JusticeForEthan Continues - Stephanie Holland 8/30/14
- Post from the Anniversary of Ethan Saylor’s Death – Mardra Sikora 1/12/14
- Stages of Grief – Stephanie Holland 1/12/14
- #ToastForEthan – Stephanie Holland 1/9/14
- A Difficult Week Ahead – Stephanie Holland 1/7/14