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August 2021:

Autism and juvenile justice

Young people with autism are at particular risk of getting caught up in the juvenile justice system. Yet most juvenile probation counselors and police officers know very little about autism—and many autistic youth end up in juvenile detention rather than getting appropriate treatment. To examine the issue, Drapela has co-authored a book, “Law and Neurodiversity: Youth with Autism and the Juvenile Justice Systems in Canada and the United States,” with Dana Lee Baker and Whitney Littlefield. The book offers guidance on how autism research can inform and improve juvenile justice policies in both countries.

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