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Friday, December 10, 2010

Crime and People with Disabilities

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports:
To compare crime victimization rates for persons with and without disabilities an age adjustment was necessary. In the United States the population with disabilities tends to be older than the population without disabilities. When victimization rates were age-adjusted, people with disabilities experienced higher rates of violence than people without disabilities—40 victimizations per 1,000 persons with disabilities compared to about 20 per 1,000 without disabilities. In fact, the age-adjusted rates of all crimes measured were at least twice as high for persons with disabilities.
Persons with a cognitive disability had higher rates of robbery and simple assault than persons with other types of disabilities.

The Autism Society has information for professionals and for crime victims with autism