Past Event

Autism, Gender, and the Law

April 29, 2019
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description: 

Using case studies and relevant literature, this seminar will focus on the consequences of gender biases on the perceptions and practices of legal and forensic officers who interact with young children with ASD in the context of forensic interviews. The seminar will also discuss current training of forensic interviewers and legal services available to girls with ASD and their families.

Event Speakers:

  • Sheryl Dicker, JD, Faculty in the Department of Disability Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, is a mother of a young woman with autism and teaches disability law and policy, children and disability, and disability history.

  • David Mantell, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is a forensic clinical psychologist who specializes in child protection psychology. He is a member of the Judicial Panel for the Connecticut child protection court and is Head of the Forensic Concentration in his department. 

  • Rebecca Jordan-Young, PhD, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, focuses on biological claims about gender and sexuality by examining how cultural assumptions are embedded in scientific models and research design and practices.

Event Information:

Online registration is required to attend. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

The shared Dropbox folder also includes readings that you will find relevant and helpful to our discussion.

This is the last of a four-part seminar series on sex and gender in autism, supported by a Center for Science and Society Seed Grant.