Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United
States. Characterizations can include: impaired social skills, disordered communication
abilities, and repetitive or obsessive behavior. Symptoms may place individuals at
greater risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. Parents, defense attorneys,
and other advocates must actively educate criminal justice professionals (e.g., judges,
prosecutors, and probation officers) about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Successful
advocacy may minimize the likelihood of adverse consequences and prolonged
involvement in the criminal justice system.