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01 May 2022, 3:46 am

How a better understanding of autism could change the justice system for autistics
April 30, 2022 | 3:57 PM GMT
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/lo ... video.html

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On January 4, 2019, Matthew Rushin, a 20-year-old Black autistic man from Virginia Beach, caused a car crash that left one man severely injured. Rushin was sentenced to serve 10 years of a 50-year sentence. Former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam granted Rushin a conditional pardon, and he was released from prison more than two years after the night of the crash. This short documentary looks at what it is like to navigate the criminal justice system as an autistic person. Psychologist Erin Findley, who is autistic herself, helps explain how misperceptions about autism and a bias towards neurotypical behavior can create a flawed, and sometimes dangerous, justice system for autistics.
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01 May 2022, 4:23 pm

I do not ever remember the major media putting this on the virtual front page. Major progress in a public discussion of society and their understanding to Autism



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01 May 2022, 5:29 pm

FrankStein wrote:
I do not ever remember the major media putting this on the virtual front page.


It sure didn't get as many headlines as celebrity escapades do, but there was some coverage.
For instance, CNN in 2020,
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/10/us/matth ... index.html

Lots of relevant reading on this autism website, several articles by the autistic autism activist Terra Vance whose voice was on phone in clip,
https://neuroclastic.com/tag/matthew-rushin/


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