Call for Papers: Special Issue on First Responders

The Journal is currently inviting submissions on the topic of first responders in ASD. The ability of the criminal justice system to identify and respond appropriately to witnesses and suspects with ASD is crucial for protecting the rights of this potentially vulnerable group of individuals. Recognising this, a body of research is emerging that examines the training of the police and judicial services in ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as which examines some of the mediators of vulnerability such as suggestibility and acquiescence.

JADD is now inviting submissions that focus on this topic, which will form a special issue. This will bring together relevant scholarly articles covering different aspects of first responder research that has the potential to impact on our understanding of this topic, as well as have the potential to improve the care of people involved in the criminal justice process, whether as victims, witnesses or perpetrators.

Informal enquires can be directed to Marc Woodbury-Smith ( or his co-editors Rachel Loftin ( and Alexander Westphal (

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2022.

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