Criminal Justice & Child Advocates

Photo of a judge sitting on the bench.

Presume competence. We never know what people understand, so the least dangerous assumption is assuming this person understands everything I say even though they can't speak back with words."

Laura Buckner, Texas Center for Disability Studies,
The University of Texas at Austin

This section provides information for first responders, criminal justice investigators, child advocates, judges, and prosecutors of cases of abuse and neglect against children with disabilities.