Guilt by Innocence

School of Education and Human Services:

Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System
Friday, May 3, 2019

While recent studies in autism spectrum disorders have examined the identification, diagnosis, and intervention of the young child with autism, fewer studies have explored the lives of adolescents and adults. The deficits frequently seen in young children (lack of social skills, difficulties communicating and understanding the world) continue into adulthood. Unfortunately, these deficits may contribute to inappropriate behaviors that result in the adolescent/adult becoming involved in the criminal justice system (CJS). Access to justice, especially for adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum disorder, can be problematic for the individual and a nightmare for families.

The goal of this conference is to educate professionals in the CJS (attorneys, judges, law enforcement, students in criminal justice programs), and psychologists and professionals in education about the field of autism spectrum disorder. Upon completion of this conference, attendees will be able to (1) identify the characteristics of individuals with ASD, (2) understand how the characteristics/behaviors of those with ASD may result in contact with the criminal justice system, (3) learn ways to assist and support those with ASD, (4) consider more appropriate adjudication options for those on the autism spectrum, (5) become aware of the impact current laws have on individuals with ASD and their families, and (6) understand the need to change the Sex Offender Registration Act in Michigan.

Presenter Information

Date:May 3, 2019
Time:8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:Regular Registration: $150
Students: $75
Social Work CEUs: $10 (optional)
Location:Oakland University
Golf and Learning Center Building
464 Golf View Ln
Rochester MI 48309-4477
(Use Adams Rd entrance South of Walton Blvd.)

Registration Information:

- No refunds issued after April 19, 2019.

- If paying with a Purchase Order, contact Professional and Continuing Education at prior to registering.

- For more information regarding the program please visit Guilt by Innocence: Understanding Autism in the World of the Criminal Justice System or contact Donna Simons at or at (248) 370-2623.

- For questions regarding registration, please contact Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) at or at (248) 370-3177.