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Autism and Driving: An Interesting Analysis of This Complex Issue

PHILADELPHIA (DREXEL UNIVERSITY) – In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults.  As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether this population has unmet needs for educational supports to empower safe driving – a key element of independent functioning in many people’s lives.                  You can read more below or visit:  http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Autism-Driving-Study/   “Previous research in my lab has included extensive research in driving capacity with people who have a variety of conditions such as multiple sclerosis or who had experienced traumatic brain injury,” said study co-author Maria Schultheis, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Drexel. “When we investigate whether and under ...

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Autistic Teenagers Learning To Drive Can Be A Reality

Learning to drive is one of those milestones in any young adult’s life. It’s a gateway to independence and freedom, which most of us take for granted. It’s a dream for most 15-17 year olds to aspire to, and having a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) should not dampen that aspiration. Can a high functioning Asperger’s or Autistic individual learn to drive? The answer to that question from the experts is most definitely, yes. A recent survey of parents with children aged 15-17 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) published by the Journal of Development and Behavioural Pediatrics shows that 63% of the young people were driving or planned to drive as soon as they were old enough. A significant number of those teens who had passed their driving test were taught by their parents. And what more is that their accident rates in the first year after gaining ...

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