Around 2% of people have autism, yet studies show that a conservative 4.4% of prisoners are autistic.
May my TED talk function to initiate the rectification of this grave, jurisdiction-transcending, and yet overlooked injustice, so please share far and wide.
It was an honour and a privilege to present on this vital issue in our justice system, on a global stage.
I want to thank the TEDxMandurah team for their support. Special thanks to my mentors on the TED journey, in: global leader on autism – Professor Tony Attwood; Cambridge University medical researcher and fellow autistic – Dr. Ben Wen; the team at CoderDojo WA – including Tele Tan AM, Michelle Wong, and Lyn Beazley AO; and TEDx Speaker and fellow autistic, Danny Taylor-Smith – for encouraging me to audition.
I also thank my legal mentors for their outstanding advice and guidance, in: CEO at Savannah Legal, Louis Morris Kristopher; Director at Eaton Hall, Anton Eaton; Managing Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, Tony Chong; and Senior State Prosecutor, Adam Ebell.
Finally, thank you to my public speaking coaches in Shil Shanghavi and Lisa Evans, for helping me to overcome my fear of public speaking, and for giving me a voice.