Produced by Debbaudt Legacy Productions for the State of North Carolina.

  • illustrates verbal and non verbal communications difficulties experienced by persons with autism who may become victims, witnesses or offenders in the criminal justice system offers advice and information for criminal justice professionals they may interact with
  • features persons with autism, criminal justice professionals and autism professionals through vignette and interviews
  • produced to enhance communications and facilitate understanding of autism in the criminal justice system

Produced by Dennis Debbaudt and Dave Legacy. Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC
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Release date: December 1, 2009
Duration: 26 minutes

Autism In The Criminal Justice System © 2009 State of North Carolina

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Autism & the Criminal Justice System

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Brief Background:

The North Carolina Joint Legislative Study Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders was established in 2005 and reappointed in 2007 by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The committee was authorized to study the availability and appropriateness of autism-specific training and education for law enforcement personnel, community colleges, public safety personnel, first responder units, judges, district attorneys, defense attorneys, magistrates, and related organizations.

The charge of the committee was to make recommendations to the General Assembly based on their findings. The General Assembly appropriated a grant to fund a training video to raise awareness of autism within the judicial system.

The 26-minute digital format video Autism In The Criminal Justice System was produced by Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC for use by the University of North Carolina School of Government and other legal organizations in consultation with UNC Division TEACCH to develop continuing legal education training regarding the identification, safety and needs of those with autism in their communities.

Citizens with autism should feel safe, understood and supported in their communities by public authorities who protect, serve and find fair justice for all.

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