KB Asperger Syndrome Autism Research and by alicejenny


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•   Research the prevalence of Autism Spectrum
    Disorders locally
    –   Provide low-cost or free of charge screening of
        individuals for ASD to obtain more accurate data
        with regard to prevalence. The goal is to find out
        how many children and adults are affected. Based
        on this data, we can then establish learning
        facilities for affected individuals. Individuals with
        ASD learn very differently from neurotypical
        individuals. The curriculum catering to people
        with ASD must include Cognitive-Behavioral
•   The most common misdiagnosis for Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism is ADHD
•   Psychotropic drugs (stimulants) are not necessarily needed if ADHD is part of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
    Often, low dose antidepressants may be effective and all that is needed, which would reduce the risk of
    the escalating abuse of psychotropic drugs
•   Children are generally diagnosed under the age of 7
•   Asperger’s and high-functioning autistic kids are 7 times more likely to get in trouble with the law
•   Many correctional and law enforcement staff estimate the inmate population with known ADHD and other
    behavioral disorders to be somewhere between 50% and 70%
•   At the cost of housing 125,000 inmates at $24,000.00 each year in the State of Florida alone, the burden
    to the taxpayer is staggering. Rehabilitating only a small percentage would result in major savings to
    taxpayers in addition to generating new tax paying revenue because the same individuals are now
    productive tax paying citizens.
•   Based on these numbers, we are spending roughly 3 billion dollars annually to house inmates. Even if we
    were to assume the prevalence as indicated by the CDC of 1 in 100, rehabilitating 1 percent would save
    the state roughly 300,000,000.
•   Also, I have been nominated to replace Hosea Pittman on the CDAC board.
    What is the result of ignoring the
•   Individuals on the Autism Spectrum lack
    important social functions, such as empathy
    and are generally somewhat detached from
    their emotions.
•   Repeated incarceration forces these
    individuals to further detach from their
    emotions and there is a risk of such individuals
    becoming sociopaths rather than productive
    members of society.
         What are the different
      components of the program?
•   Training law enforcement and correctional
    staff to recognize individuals who may be
•   Screen non-violent offenders with an
    approved screening tool for Autism Spectrum
•   Refer candidates for possible autism spectrum
    disorders to qualified neuropsychologists for a
    proper diagnosis
•   Refer diagnosed individuals to a rehabilitation
             What can you do?
•   We desperately need your support.
•   We need to find a point within the criminal
    justice process to screen these individuals.
•   A possible entry point could be during the psi
This presentation has been reviewed and
  approved by:

• Dr. Brett Turner, Psy.D
Licensed Psychologist, Adjunct Professor in
  Psychology, UWF, Private Practice in Clinical

•   Leasha M. Barry, PhD, BCBA-D
        Contact Information
Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Research and
         Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.

               Claudia Curry

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