Law and Neurodiversity

Youth with Autism and the Juvenile Justice Systems in Canada and the United States

By Dana Lee Baker, Laurie A. Drapela, and Whitney Littlefield
Categories: Law & Legal Studies, Law & Society, Social Sciences, Criminology, Disability Studies
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774861366, 246 pages, June 2020
Paperback : 9780774861373, 246 pages, February 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774861380, 246 pages, June 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774861397, 246 pages, June 2020
Ebook (MobiPocket) : 9780774861403, 224 pages, June 2020

Table of contents

1 Autism, Disability Policy, and the Juvenile Justice System in Canada and the United States

2 Autism, Delinquency, and Juvenile Rights

3 Autism on Trial

4 This Kid is Different: Health Care Management and Developing Empathy

5 Zero Tolerance for Difference: The Role of the Education System in Defining Delinquency

6 The Social World of Juvenile Custody

7 Transitioning Beyond Juvenile Justice Systems

8 Looking Forward: Conclusions, Recommendations, and Next Steps

Glossary; Caselaw and Legislation; References; Index


Law and Neurodiversity offers invaluable guidance on how autism research can inform juvenile justice policies in Canada and the United States. In Canada, the diversion of youth away from formal processing has fostered community-based strategies for serving those with autism. US policies rely more heavily on formal responses, often employing juvenile custody facilities. Building on a rigorous exploration of how assessment, rehabilitation, and community re-entry differ between the two countries, Law and Neurodiversity offers a much-needed comparative analysis of autism and juvenile justice policies on both sides of the forty-ninth parallel.


Law and Neurodiversity: Youth with Autism and the Juvenile Justice Systems in Canada and the United States provides a thorough and complete guide to better understanding the needs of juveniles and juveniles with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs) who engage in crime and deliquency... The authors also recognize the potential multidisciplinary audience for this book, and carefully define justice system and educational terms with which readers may be unfamiliar.

- Melanie Clark Mogavero, Georgian Court University

Law and Neurodiversity is a well-researched, broad academic review of the current state of youth justice systems in Canada and the United States as they relate to autistic youth in conflict with the law.

- Lori O'Connor