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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 3, Issue 3

Huntington’s Disease (HD): An Introduction for Professionals

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a terminal neurodegenerative disorder that affects cognitive, motor, and behavioral functioning (Abel & Zukin, 2008; Lin & Beal, 2006). The disorder has long been suspected to be heritable and in 1993, after several decades of research, scientists identified the causal gene. The genetic mutation is transferred to offspring by a single gene from one parent. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Huntington’s Disease (HD): Facts Corrections Professionals Need to Know

The National Human Genome Research Institute (2011) estimated that 30,000 individuals in the United States have HD and 75,000 people carry the gene that will eventually lead to the development of Huntington’s disease. Each child of a carrier of the abnormal dominant gene that causes HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Facts Education Professionals Need to Know

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing pervasive developmental disability in the United States. Emerging in early childhood, ASD encompasses a broad number of symptoms, deficits, and degrees of severity. These symptoms often include deficits in communication, social interaction, and behavior. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Suggestibility in Criminal Justice Settings: A Need for Increased Awareness, Understanding, and Training Among Professionals

Suggestibility can be defined as the proneness of an individual to accept and adopt the inaccurate or false views of another person as truth. For example, when confronted by someone else’s explanation of an event, individuals prone to suggestibility may adopt this alternate explanation as their own memory of the event. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A Call on Educators to Become Informed

Although the effects of FASD vary in range and severity, students with FASD often offer unique challenges and dilemmas to teachers and parents alike. These difficulties may include unusual learning and behavior patterns, requiring specialized assessment and individualized educational planning with a collaborative focus. Learn more. View online or by PDF.