Autism Journal Club

Forensic issues in ASD

Dr. Ken Aitken will be presenting the outline of and material from the Forensic Element in the Elements of ASD series - Aitken, K.J. & Allely, C. (2019). This is in the final stages of preparation and will be with CUP for internal review in the next couple of weeks. As more people with ASD are living independently there is increasing contact with the criminal justice system. This paper discusses the evidence on prevalence of criminal activities; some of the practical issues in training services; rates of ASD in the CJS; the impact of internet use and cyber hacking; a number of emerging ethical issues; and the need to research low-prevalence high-risk behaviours as well as more common issues.