PORT ISABEL, Texas — A new initiative within the special needs community is expanding beyond Brownsville.
The Special needs group ‘Down by the Border’ is offering a series of decals for first responders in the Harlingen and Port Isabel areas. The stickers come in a variety of forms and they are meant to show law enforcement that a special needs individual is on board a vehicle. The goal is to help law enforcement better understand individuals that may seem violent or have an unusual response to crisis.
Sergio Zarate, Down by the Border, “It is a shield for our kids that have Special needs. To be able to know that there is someone that is backing them up that understands them better makes this whole initiative a better thing than what it started out to be.”
The decals are available for Special needs families free of charge. They will be at the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen and the Port Isabel Police Department from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the next two weeks.