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"Our Normal Is Different": Autistic Adults' Experiences of the Family Courts

George, R; Crane, L; Remington, A; (2020) "Our Normal Is Different": Autistic Adults' Experiences of the Family Courts. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law , 42 (2) pp. 204-220. 10.1080/09649069.2020.1751928. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of a small-scale qualitative study exploring the experiences of autistic adults who have had experience of the family justice system. While participants related some positive elements to their experiences, in particular with regard to the willingness of professionals to try to learn more about their clients’ needs, the overall picture showed significant concerns. The reports given showed significant misunderstandings about autism, and a system which struggled to make appropriate adjustments which would allow autistic court users to have access to justice on an equivalent basis to non-autistic litigants. This situation stands in contrast to the position regarding other disabilities in the Family Justice System, but also to the relatively greater level of provision for autistic people within the Criminal Justice System. Based on participants’ experiences and existing good practice in other areas, we make recommendations that could be adopted by the Family Court and practitioners.

Type: Article
Title: "Our Normal Is Different": Autistic Adults' Experiences of the Family Courts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2020.1751928
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2020.1751928
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Autism, family justice system, access to justice
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089320
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