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Tuesday, June 5 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Disability Accommodations: What is Needed for Our Clients

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Even those defendants who are ultimately found competent to proceed, or for whom competency to stand trial was never raised, psychiatric and cognitive disabilities such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or intellectual disabilities can pose serious obstacles to the client's ability to grasp proceedings in real time and to retain newly learned information. As individuals with disabilities, these defendants are entitled to reasonable accommodations in court. An effective accommodations evaluation provides teams with a summary of how the defendant's impairments affect their competency-related capacities and how accommodations can be utilized to improve their functioning in court. Such an evaluation also typically describes mechanisms for documenting the effectiveness of the accommodations so that the interventions can be refined over the course of legal proceedings. Dr. Sara Boyd and Dr. Joette James will describe the benefits of these evaluations, basic underlying theories and principles, standard evaluation procedures, and the contents of an effective accommodations evaluation report, with real-life examples of accommodations for defendants.


Sara Boyd

Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy
Sara E. Boyd, Ph.D., completed her forensic psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where she currently conducts criminal and civil evaluations for state and federal courts, consults, supervises trainees... Read More →

Joette James

Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychological Evaluation & Consulting Services
Dr. Joette James completed her doctoral decree in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, an internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s National... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Freedom E Mezzanine Level