2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

ESPED 6021 ASD: Challenges of the Criminal Justice System

This course explores the Criminal Justice System’s struggles to address the needs of people with disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder. The CJS’s denial of equal protection to people with Autism demonstrates the urgency for advocacy in this area. Behaviors and characteristics that are natural to Autism often conflict with the expectations of the CJS. The over-representation of disabilities in the CJS requires a critical examination of the evolving roles of allies, advocates, and self-advocates.