Learning to drive can be a challenge for anyone, but the reward of freedom, mobility, and independence can be life-changing. For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there can be additional challenges, but the resulting freedom and mobility can be just as empowering.
While over 70% of high school seniors have a driver’s license, this number drops to around 30% for those diagnosed with a form of autism.
In some cases, drivers with autism may feel overwhelmed by the many tasks, rules, and considerations involved in driving. For others, concern from parents or loved ones may keep them from learning, while the young adult is ready to drive and eager to learn the skills of the road.
In this article, we’ll discuss autism and how it can affect your child’s driving abilities. Then we’ll touch on some ways your child can prepare to drive with the help of a driving specialist, and reach a new level of mobility and independence.