New e-Learning module on supporting people with intellectual disability who come into contact with the criminal justice system is now available for disability professionals

“Supporting People with Intellectual Disability Who Come Into Contact with the Criminal Justice System”

The module aims to further disability professionals’ understanding of how to support people with intellectual disability at different stages of their journey through the criminal justice system.

It covers topics such as:

  • Offending behaviour and intellectual disability
  • Relationship between offending behaviour and mental health
  • How to provide support through police contact and criminal proceedings
  • Risks of incarceration and how to support a person with intellectual disability who is incarcerated
  • Challenges for soon-to-be-released prisoners and ways that disability professionals can assist
  • Interagency working


The e-learning course can be accessed after a quick registration at

Our e-learning modules have been specifically tailored to disability professionals and their unique role in providing support. Other modules available in this resource can be found here.


The e-learning site was launched in 2013 to educate people about intellectual disabilities and mental health. The modules have been developed by The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) and funded by Ageing Disability and Home Care, Family and Community Services.