ACT: number of autistic prisoners

Date:Sun, 3 Jun 2018 07:38:35 +1000
CC:Rachel Stephen-Smith <>,, Mr Andrew Barr MLA <>, STEPHEN-SMITH <>

Dear Minister

We note Emily Baker's story, ACT government unsure how many prisoners have disability, in the Canberra Times (3/6/2018).

We are not aware of any stakeholder engagement on this issue which is disappointing since autism spectrum disorder is currently the biggest distinct disability type in the NDIS.

Please tell us whether the ACT Government knows how many prisoners are autistic. If you have those figures, how reliable are they and what supports are available for autistic prisoners?

If you don't have those figures ...

  • why don't you have them?
  • what are you doing about identifying and supporting autistic prisoners?

Bob Buckley
Chair, Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD)
a voice for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the ACT