By Andrew Arboe of AutismDriving.com (article republished with permission)
Driving is often one of the most important milestones an individual achieves in a lifetime. It can symbolize many things: freedom, responsibility, independence, and opportunity. While many parents expect their teens to start driving when they are 16 or 17, it can be complicated under the context of autism. During many workshops I have delivered on this topic, I’ve seen firsthand how many parents are unsure of how to help their autistic teen get their license. After all, very few school districts help with driving and finding resources is always a struggle. I imagine you have your own similar stories and are looking for advice. If your teen wants to drive, how can you motivate them to learn, and how can you find resources that will prepare them for an independent life on the road? Here are six helpful tips that you, the parent, can do to make driving easier for your autistic teen. A lot of this material can apply to young adult drivers as well.