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The Arc Files Amicus Brief Before NY Supreme Court

In late December 2018, The Arc filed an amicus brief before the New York Supreme Court in support of Darius McCollum, an adult with autism charged with unauthorized driving of city trains and buses. In an unprecedented decision, the lower court found that, based on his autism diagnosis, Darius met the criteria for a “dangerous mental disorder” and committed him to a psychiatric institution for the most violent offenders despite him never having committed a violent crime. The brief argues that this placement is wholly inappropriate for someone like Darius, who could thrive in the community with appropriate supports and services.