I am totally prepared to start a campaign if there is not one to support ASD Adults going to court on criminal convictions. There are NO specialist solicitors. The Police are dreadful not trained completely for ASD. The courts need to improve advocate support inside then just a solicitor alone then generally get guilty pleas instead of looking at the whole. ASD sadly do not always have a voice and always go along with solicitors bad advice. I would like to see solicitors and courts support cases where ASD and social isolation to be taken seriously in any charges and always seek reports as protocol when is known ASD person is before the courts. Can anyone help me know how to improve the system where guilty pleas are forced then the truth and innocence is lost due to ASD going along with early guilty pleas when innocent to criminal convictions then the entire?
I am all for you if want to start a campaign. I have been a defence witness in court and just not able to speak. It was just to much. I wanted to talk but was not able to and do put this down to me having Autism.Autism is complex issue. Autism is not get out jail free card.Autism can be a mitigating issue.
The mitigation has been dreadful. It appears to me that it no longer counts when solicitors bully for an early guilty plea. ASD, learning disabilities, confirm to the plead of guilt so easily then most. I've even been kicked out of a room by solicitor who did not get I was the carer and support. I was bullied out of the interview room but defendant could not support me to stay, they could not think quick enough too, so left. It's like mitigation never gets a say and guilt pleas are more important. If the public knew the mitigation it would would help the public see through behaviours and the vulnerability of the defendant. The court press have been brutal everytime without knowing the true facts. Totally sick and tired of the whole situation now. We need a campaign to get these solicitors educated on ASD and these tool kits not clearly used and the solicitor said was unqualified in the second experience. I would like to see the Autistic society do more for ASD to get better support in legal advice and carers to be treated better, parents too.
We now have a prison sentence risk. What happens to people with ASD in prison? Why do probation units still not trained nor take ASD seriously?
I'm in need to make a campaign. But how? Tool kits are there, why are they not used? Can we send them to solicitors to get them up to being fair in communication with ASD?
I've tried my best to get the police to rewrite orders for ASD people to understand them... It's a small step.
Well. I have am Dyslexic and recently referred for ASD diagnosis. But I also studied Law and did the Academic training to be Barrister. I was even Called to the Bar.
After 10 years though I still haven’t got the apprenticeship to finish off the training. I am still stacking shelves.
There are many things that need changing about the system.
There is a good argument to have a seperate Court System for those with all Mental Health difficulties.
But I don’t think there is the money/resources for that, and autism isn’t a mental health problem anyway.
I agree that changes need to occur, but I’m unsure that they ever will.