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Title: Exploring the driving behavior of youth with an autism spectrum disorder: a driver instructor questionnaire
Authors: Ross, Veerle
Jongen, Ellen
Vanvuchelen, Marleen
Brijs, Tom
Brijs, Kris
Wets, Geert
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Proceedings of the 8th Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design, p. 98-104
Abstract: Youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) depend to a great extent on friends and family for their transportation needs. Although little research exists, Cox et al. (2012) surveyed parents/caregivers of youth with ASD (previously) attempting to learn to drive. This study serves as an extension by surveying driver instructors. Several questions queried advice for teaching youth with ASD how to drive, and for improving the current driving education to better fit the needs of youth with ASD. Furthermore, respondents were asked to indicate whether specific characteristics, often associated with ASD, have an impact on driving ability. A total of 52 driver instructors reported potential problems when teaching youth with ASD to drive. Advice for teaching youth with ASD to drive mainly focused on a need for structure, clarity, visual demonstration, practice, repetition and an individualized approach. Results however also showed that the relation between ASD and driving performance might not always be negative but can be positive. Practical implications are provided.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/19172
Link to publication: http://drivingassessment.uiowa.edu/
ISBN: 9781495167973
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validation: vabb, 2018
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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