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Working with Autistic Litigants in the Family Justice System

An audio lecture for family lawyers explaining the nature of autism and the particular challenges of arising in a family justice context, and making a series of recommendations for legal professionals to help autistic people engage fully in family court proceedings. (Running time approx 30 minutes with comprehensive accompanying notes: CPD 1 hour)

This talk is presented by Dr Rob George, Reader in Family Law at University College London and Barrister of Harcourt Chambers, and Dr Anna Remington, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at University College London.

The presentation covers:

• Introduction and terminology
• What is autism?
• Why is autism relevant in the family courts?

o Access to justice for all
o Why autism in particular?

• Study into family legal professionals' understandings of autism, and their experiences of cases involving autistic litigants
• Recommendations for working with autistic individuals

o Identification of autism
o Communication
o Avoiding uncertainty
o The sensory environment
o Understanding hidden disabilities

• Conclusions

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Running time: 30 mins approx