Why Autism Strategies need to address the issue of legal capacity: substituted vs supported decision-making – what is the difference and why does it matter?

Yo Dunn

Consult Yo Ltd.

Yo is a trainer and consultant who works across the public sector (primarily in social care and education) with a specialism in autism. She creates bespoke training and consults on: autism for public services; and the legal framework underpinning public services for the autism world. She is experienced in working closely with professionals in schools, local authorities and providers. As part of Belinda Schwehr’s Care and Health Law training team, she delivers high level training on the legal framework of social care to a broad cross section of English local authorities and other clients (including training on the Care Act, safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act and other issues). She has a thorough working knowledge of public law and professional practice issues in both adult and children’s services and is well placed to provide a clear overview of a range of issues affecting autistic people.Yo has an academic background in social policy analysis and her doctorate is in educational research. She is an experienced and well-reviewed public speaker known for her ability to make ‘dry’ topics engaging and accessible. She is autistic, a self-confessed legal geek and deeply involved in the adult self-advocate community.


a. Background / introduction “The right to legal capacity is one of the most invisible human rights issues in Europe today, and is also one of the most important” (Hammarberg, 2013). I will discuss the current state of... [ view full abstract ]

Ethics and permissions statement and / or disclosure of potential conflict of interest (if relevant)

Yo Dunn (trading as Consult Yo Ltd.) declares a commercial interest as a provider of training and consultancy services on Mental Capacity Law [ view full abstract ]


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Topic Area

Topics: Policy


R5 » Workshop (10:00 - Saturday, 17th September, Sidlaw Auditorium)