Triple A Project was founded and is managed by Helen Storey, who has a long and successful record of working in the community with offenders and ex-offenders. Helen has first-hand experience in the field of autism, underpinned by accredited learning (University Of Cumbria).
“When my Grandson received his diagnosis, I packed myself off to University of Cumbria to study autism so that I could better understand his world. During the ‘transition to adulthood’ sessions I began to ask the question – “Are people with autism getting into trouble because of their autism …?”.
“This sparked a journey of discovery that was a real eye-opener and resulted in hosting an ‘Autism in the Criminal Justice’ conference in November 2015. The event brought a wide range interested parties together to unearth the issues and consequently on January 2016, Triple A Project was launched …”
The project aims to facilitate positive and sustainable change – to raise awareness of the issues & challenges and to bring people together to create and develop solutions.
The University of Cumbria has received funding from the CRH Charitable Trust towards a unique research
project which will investigate the issues of autism and the criminal justice system. As part of the project the university will be working in partnership with Triple A Project. By working together, the two-year research initiative will seek to change clinical practice within Cumbria, receive national recognition via publication of any findings and lay foundations for more formalised means of support. The project uniquely combines the university’s academic and educational experience with Triple A Project’s knowledge and understanding of criminal justice, along with the issues and challenges for the autistic community.
Helen Storey: “This is an exciting partnership that will seek to produce a high standard of locally sourced research. By working together, we can go a long way to prevent autistic individuals becoming engaged with criminal justice system – and where this does happen, for a system that can embrace and accommodate difference.”
Initially, the research will focus on identifying barriers within criminal justice system faced by autistic people and which interventions are helpful or should be avoided in supporting people.
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