'Young People, Autism & Criminal Justice' in the Greater Belfast area.
AutismNI has recently received funding from the Big Lottery – Reaching Out – Empowering Young People Fund. This will enable us to deliver an exciting and innovative three year project, ‘Young People, Autism & Criminal Justice’ in the Greater Belfast area.
The majority of individuals with Autism are law- abiding citizens, their lives revolve around rules and the correct way of doing things, however a small minority may come into contact with the Criminal Justice System because of the nature of their social difficulties, their trusting and open personality, their particular ‘special interest’ or their sensitivity to sensory experiences. There is huge potential for misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the behaviour of an individual with Autism
The three main elements of work are:
- working with young people between the ages of 8-19 years, empowering them to improve relationships and interactions with the PSNI and Criminal Justice System. We will achieve this aim, through a series of Social Skills Workshops and development of specific related resources.
- the delivery of specialist Autism Awareness training for the PSNI and other relevant agencies. In addition an annual Specialist Conference will be hosted.
- supporting and awareness training for all parents whose young people are involved in the Project.
We will have regular project development updates over the next three years and look forward to sharing our outcomes with you.