Evidence question


#1

Hello.
I was wondering how I could make the judge more aware of the symptoms of autism. I want to show him something that just lists basic symptoms. Can I use info. from a book from a reputable author, info from a website like Autism Speaks or the National Institute of Neurological Disorders?. Can I at least show the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV that is the standard accepted basis for all diagnosis of autism? How could I authenticate that? Thank you for any assistance on this matter.

Thanks!


#2

The judge may take judicial notice of description in the DSM- IV, however the best evidence of the effects of autism will be centered around your child specifically. This would include your testimony, and the testimony of the professionals working with your child.