Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
James B. Wells
Kevin I. Minor
Myra Beth Bundy
Autism spectrum disorder is one of the largest growing neurological behavioral disabilities in the United States, with a rise in diagnoses from 2012 (1 in 88) to present day (1 in 68). Studies have shown that individuals with disabilities are more likely to be victimized. Thus, the increasing diagnoses of ASD increases the chance that a victim of crime will have ASD. Police officers should have a working and growing knowledge of ASD from day one, for this reason. This exploratory study uses a literature review of autism spectrum disorder in order to develop an evaluation to analyze the curriculum from Kentucky's Department Of Criminal Justice Training. The author, along with four subject matter experts, evaluated the training curriculum on autism spectrum disorder. The evaluations were used to determine whether or not police officers from the DOCJT are receiving the proper training on autism spectrum disorder. Results are conclusive of the hypothesis; police officers from Kentucky's DOCJT need further training on autism spectrum disorder.
Copyright 2017 Joseph Aaron Ellis
Ellis, Joseph Aaron, "Different Not Less: An Evaluation of the Autism Training Curriculum for the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training" (2017). Online Theses and Dissertations. 524.