The Triple A Project works towards eradicating the inequalities, challenges and difficulties faced by those living with autism who have become known to or involved with criminal justice system, whether perpetrator, victim or witness. There is also a focus on prevention – to enable, equip and educate those living with autism to be more informed about rights and responsibilities.

It seems that there is a ‘360 degree’ vulnerability within the autism community, whereby individuals are susceptible to becoming perpetrators of criminal behaviour as well as becoming victims through naivety, which is exacerbated by a lack of understanding and misinterpretation.

The project will promote ways in which the autism community and general society can meet half-way.   There will be an emphasis on autism awareness and the considerations for adjustments that can be made by agencies and organizations, mirrored with social rules awareness and advocacy for the autism community – which will create a mutual understanding and bring closer together the isolated world of autism and neurotypical


The Difference Between Us

tracks road

Harold Stone, an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, was asked to describe the biggest difference between normal people and people who have been diagnosed with an ASD. “You are automobiles. You run on highways.  You go this way and that way.  You entertain a hundred ideas at the same time.  You are driving and you are talking on your cell phone.  You see a roadblock and immediately, you know another way to go.  Sometimes you take the scenic route home, other times you take the more direct route.  You are full of options.

We are locomotives.  We run on a singular track.  We consider one idea at a time.  And you take us and decide we should be automobiles, and you place us on your highways – we can’t help it, we break up the concrete, we send it flying, it hits your windshield, and you hold us accountable.  If you understood that we were locomotives, and if you could help us find our track among your system of highways, I guarantee we will get to the station before your do.”
(Autism  Society of Australia annual conference held in Hobart, Tasmania, July 1999).





Nature of offending in people on he autism spectrum:

  • Deliberate exploitation by others- Accomplice to other crimes; possession of stolen property; trafficking
  • Violent offences- Homicide and attempted homicide; arson, kidnapping; assault; hostage taking
  • Antisocial offences- Stalking; harassment; computer crime; pornography; threats to kill; hoax calls


Low rates of offending overall

  • More likely to be victims than perpetrators BUT
    • Some crimes are attributable to autism features
    • Individuals with Asperger syndrome appear at increased risk of some type of offence
  • Co morbid psychiatric disorders appear less important than social factors