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Tips for initial police contact, interviews, and court appearances

Autistic people are more likely to be victims and witnesses of crime than offenders. They experience difficulties with social communication, social interaction and social imagination. They may have sensory difficulties and some coordination problems. Their behavior may appear odd and can sometimes draw unnecessary attention, but in general autism is a hidden disability and it may not be immediately obvious to other people that the person has a disability.

This resource provides information about individuals with autism, tips for initial police contact, interviews and court appearances, ways that parents and caregivers can help, and where to find further information and training.

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This resource created by National Autism Society