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This policy brief and project would not be possible without the efforts of an international team including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, justice professionals, autistic self-advocates, and parents of autistic individuals. A list of these individuals and their respective institutions/organizations can be found below, organized by country. Thank you to all of our partners in this work.


  • Abbey Love, PhD,  Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice, Autism Spectrum Australia
  • Vicki Gibbs, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice, Autism Spectrum Australia  


  • Yona Lunsky, PhD, CAMH  


  • Dagnachew Wakene, MPhil, University of Pretoria  


  • Áine Roddy, PhD  


  • Svein Øverland, St. Olavs Hospital  


  • Sasha Heydiz, Autism Challenge Center  

South Africa:

  • Dianah Msipa, LLM, University of Pretoria
  • Juan Bornman, PhD, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria  


  • Björn Hofvander, PhD, Lund University  

United Kingdom:

  • Chloe Holloway, PhD, University of Nottingham
  • Katie Maras, PhD, Centre for Applied Autism Research at the University of Bath
  • Laura Crane, PhD, University College London
  • Ralph Bagnall, MRes, University of Bath  

United States of America:

  • Amy Blank Wilson, PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Aubyn Stahmer, PhD, University of California, Davis, California
  • Catherine Cheely Bradley, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina
  • Connie Hassett-Walker, PhD, Norwich University, Vermont
  • Dave Kearon, Autism Speaks, New York
  • David Mandell, ScD, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
  • Dennis O’Brien, Community Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania
  • Derek S. Green, JD, Philadelphia City Councilmember-At-Large, Pennsylvania
  • Emily Zimmerman, JD, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Pennsylvania
  • Frank Iannuzzi, JD, Office of Philadelphia City Councilmember-At-Large Derek S. Green, Pennsylvania
  • Icylee Basketbill, Philadelphia Autism Project, Pennsylvania
  • Kate Hooven, MS, Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative, Pennsylvania
  • Katy Kaplan, PhD, Community Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania
  • Kelly Israel, JD, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Washington, D.C.
  • Kevin Dougherty, JD, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
  • Khylil Robinson, ASDNext, Pennsylvania
  • Kirsten Railey, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine and Police Autism Community Training (PACT) Organization, Georgia
  • Lauren Gardner, PhD, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Florida
  • Mark Salzer, PhD, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, Pennsylvania
  • Mary Cohen, PhD, Autism Spectrum Diagnostics & Consulting, Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Lerner, PhD, Stony Brook University, New York
  • Melanie Clark Mogavero, PhD, Georgian Court University, New Jersey
  • Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, Office of U.S. Senator
  • Robert P. Casey, Pennsylvania/Washington, D.C.
  • Michele Abraham-Montgomery, Spectrum Success 911, Pennsylvania
  • Nina Wall, MSS, Pennsylvania Bureau of Supports for Autism & Special Populations, Pennsylvania
  • Robert Schmus, MSW, Youth Consultation Service, New Jersey
  • Roslyn Talley, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
  • Sam Crane, JD, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Washington, D.C.
  • Shane Carey, Chambers of Justice Kevin M. Dougherty, Pennsylvania
  • Stacy Nonnemacher, PhD, Pennsylvania Bureau of Supports for Autism & Special Populations, Pennsylvania
  • Stephen Shore, EdD, Adelphi University, New York
  • Teal Benevides, PhD, Augusta University, Georgia
  • Valarie Oulds, JD, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Pennsylvania
  • Valerie Paradiz, PhD, Autism Speaks, New York