I am a certified rehabilitation counselor with almost two decades of experience working with disabled adults. Currently I am the manager of programs and education at Towson University's Hussman Center for Adults with Autism where I also teach disability studies courses. Individuals with disabilities resulting from childhood lead exposure have brain-based differences that impact self-regulation, social cognition and decision-making. When individuals with these types of developmental disabilities are frightened, they tend to dart away. Frequently, these adults lack the executive functioning skills needed to manage or effectively self-advocate in high-stress moments. These adults have social and communication challenges that may be too easy for police to misinterpret as non-cooperative behavior.