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Dennis debbaudt Click HERE to watch Autism In the Criminal Justice System by Dennis Debbaudt of Autism Risk Management. Dennis Debbaudt is the leading global voice on autism training for law enforcement and emergency responders.  His work becomes ever more important as youngsters with autism grow into teens and adults who may interact with the justice system as a result of their communication and social impairments.

Autism In The Criminal Justice System 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 by Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC

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

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 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 them.
Dennis Debbaudt

Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC - Producers of the finest Autism Risk & Safety related training videos in the world!
Phone: 772-398-9756
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Elizabeth Mates

Dos you know of a DVD to educate, not police, but attorneys and judges about autism in the criminal justice system


I was just curious, on the website it only mentions IEPs but not PBIPS (Positive Behavior Plans). Schools are required by IDEA to have these for behavior disabled children with disabilities. Maybe I missed it?


This is a VERY important issue. My husband who is an attorney is actually taking courses right now specifically to help our kids from being victims of the criminal justice system. There have been many parents who's children have been taken from them by the police (young children) and they could not even be with them! One of the biggest problems regarding the criminal justice system is the "School to prison pipeline." Instead of the schools doing what they are required to under IDEA (provide evidence based behavior supports) they call the police when a child with a disability has behavior issues(throws things, injures someone else- CLEAR MANIFESTATIONS OF THE DISABILITY. So in essence the child is being taken away simply for having a disability. This happens mostly in middle school and especially to our kids and those with emotional issues.

I saw this video a few days ago and thought it was great that finally awareness was being raised. It is just unfortunate the TEACCH from NC is being used. I don't know, maybe in this circumstance it is not so bad but typically it is not a methodology you want used on a child who you want to recover. ABA is much better and is the evidence based methodology that should be used in my opinion. Maria C


why do they need special training? I thought the rate was always 1:100!!

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