Neurodivergent People and the Law
- Getting a child evaluated for developmental disabilities, so that they can get services and supports in school.
- Once a student is evaluated and a plan in in place some school parents and school districts are unable to agree on the services needed or provided. In such cases parents may turn to attorneys for help.
- Adults who cannot access things or places may turn to government agencies and attorneys to interpret or enforce laws like the ADA.
- Adults may seek legal assistance with workplace accommodations or with workplace issues.
- Parents may seek guardianship for disabled children. Disabled people may challenge others’ guardianship over them.
- ND people are more likely to have trouble with police and first responders, by not answering questions, not answering as expected, or responding differently to being touched.
- ND people are more likely to be isolated, and may be more vulnerable to adopting fringe ideologies that can lead to societal conflicts.
- ND people are more likely to be poor and socially isolated. This translates to a lack of community support and greater vulnerability to interactions with law enforcement.
- Being neurodivergent magnifies an individual’s chances of mistreatment, particularly for members of marginalized groups.
Society has a duty to protect its members. However not everyone wants or needs the protection. Sometimes protecting us from one thing subjects us to harm from another. That makes for a difficult ethical landscape.