Nick is an independent researcher. He has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. Nick is currently involved in the ERC VOICES project. The VOICES project is coordinated by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) at the National University of Ireland. The project explores the lived experiences of people with disabilities in exercising their legal capacity and how they are treated by the legal system. As part of the project, Nick is writing a book chapter about his experiences of the criminal justice system. Nick works as a playworker with children and young people with autism spectrum conditions.
Chloe Hocking is a PhD student whose research explores the experiences of autistic individuals detained in police custody as suspects. She has family experience of autism which encouraged her interest in autism and the law. Chloe is particularly interested in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and disability rights in the criminal justice system.
Nell Munro is a law academic specialising in mental health and social welfare law. Nell first became interested in autism nearly 20 years ago when she worked for the National Autistic Society. She is particularly interested in how the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, Autism Act and Equality Act are applied within the criminal justice system.
Danielle Ropar is a psychology academic who has expertise in social cognition and sensory processing in individuals with autism. She has over 20 years experience working with autistic children and adults in both research settings and in social support groups. Danielle is interested in exploring how police procedures and detention environments within police stations can be adapted to be more autistic friendly.