MDLPA: Autism and the Law

Presented By Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD | Michael Perlin, JD
Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD Michael Perlin, JD

20 hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Autism and the Law is presented by Michael L. Perlin, JD, and Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD, in partnership with Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates (MDLPA).

In recent years, far greater attention has been paid to the interactions between persons with autism and the legal system. These interactions include criminal law, mental disability law, sexually violent predator law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other civil cases. Issues range from those related to Internet-related pornography offenses to “eviction” from convenience stores. In this program, participants learn about the legal and social hurdles that persons with autism must confront, including access to counsel; criminal trial complications; civil law and anti-discrimination law as it applies to persons with autism; persons with autism in the mental disability law context; juvenile considerations; persons with autism facing sexual, violent predator legislation; forensic issues in jails and prisons; issues in treatment and housing in the community; and issues related to expert diagnosis and evaluation.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe common misconceptions and advocacy issues

Describe therapeutic jurisprudence, sanism, and pretextuality

Describe mental disability law and sexually violence predator case research

Describe autism and criminal law incompetency and confessions

Describe the trial process and ability to testify

Describe the treatment of persons with autism in jails and prisons

Describe developments in constitutional law

Describe autism in mental health courts and medication issues

Describe special education laws and IDEA

Describe the applications of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Presented By

Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD

Heather Ellis Cucolo is a Distinguished Adjunct professor of law and the facilitator of the joint JD/MA program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, at New York Law School (NYLS). She is also an adjunct professor in the JM Program at Emory University School of Law, and a Fellowship faculty mem...

Presented By

Michael Perlin, JD

Michael L. Perlin is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School (NYLS), founding director of NYLS’s Online Mental Disability Law Program, and founding director of NYLS’s International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center. He is also the co-founder of Mental Di...


1. About Autism

2. Jurisprudential Filters

3. Counsel and Judging Issues

4. Autism and Criminal Law

5. Autism, Forensic Issues, and Sexual Autonomy

6. The Sexually Violence Predator Process - Criminal

7. The Sexually Violence Predator Process - Civil

8. Autism and Mental Disability Law

9. Autism and International Law; Autism and Domestic Relations Law

10. Autism, Anti-Discrimination Law, Special Education Law, and Community Issues

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Transforming mental health professionals into experts

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CE Credit

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Convenience & Flexibility

Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

Program Partner

Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, LLC

We are proud to partner with Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, LLC for this training. MDLPA is a boutique educational training company that offers specialized mental disability law consulting, the creation or enhancement of distance learning programs, in-house or online courses, and day or weekend training seminars to reputable organizations, educational institutions, professional groups, and advocacy groups focused on providing advanced knowledge and skills to persons working with marginalized populations.

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