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  •  Good luck on due process... (8+ / 0-)

    if you aren't already represented by counsel, you really want to consider retaining legal advisors.  It's worth the money.

    Second, it sounds like your child is still a minor and subject to juvenile justice procedures at this point in time but once that 18th birthday happens, Whamo! Your kid is an adult in the eyes of society and the law.  So it's important to consider the oft maligned but in my view essential and sensible structure of guardianship (to an appropriate degree) to help you protect your child from being the victim of predatory behavior (of all types) and decision making that falls outside a wide boundary of "reasonable."

    Some folks with ASD's. with and without intellectual disability, are perfect patsys for criminals.  They are often juveniles, used as legal shields, especially by drug dealers.  Our kids and adults are too often victims because their disablity can make them shitty witnesses, plaintiffs or defendants.  Many kids have social deficits but not desires so they will do just about anything to fit in.  Many lack any sort of guile or street smarts.  A good amount of them are non-verbal or have highly impaired communication skills.  

    I've presented to law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals (who all know they have a big issue on their hands with autism), and others, including school administrators (some of whom don't "get it" that special ed students operating under an IEP aren't necessarily subject to the same disciplinary code as typical students).  

    There is a ton of work to do in this area and I encourage you to get involved with other advocates working on these issues.  For more see www.autismsafetyproject.org  

     

    "Those dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California." - Carl Sandburg

    by Critical Dune on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 12:37:48 PM PST

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