Drivers with autism encouraged to put extra info on license

By: Wes Rapaport

As the Aspergers101 “Driving with Autism” initiative sweeps Texas, we are thrilled to have been featured in a news report by Nexstar Broadcasting reporter Wes Rapaport.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new public service announcement was unveiled urging drivers with autism to consider applying for a note on their driver’s license that informs law enforcement about potential interaction challenges. The video message informs Texans about the “communication impediment” restriction code.

Samuel Allen, who is on the autism spectrum, said having the marker on his driver’s license feels “like a big safety net,” and makes him more comfortable when he gets in his car.

“If I showed [it] to the officer, they are going to know that I have autism or some kind of impediment that will keep me from communicating properly with the officer,” Allen explained.

An example of a "communication impediment" note, listed on the back of a sample driver license. (File photo)

An example of a “communication impediment” note, listed on the back of a sample driver license. (Jennifer Allen photo)

Legislation was passed in the last session that took effect in September, allowing brochures and posters highlighting the “communication impediment” code, in large part due to work done by Aspergers101, which Allen’s mother Jennifer founded.

“I’m just a mom of a son with autism that I want him to be protected, and it just happened to be there are open doors to make policy changes that make commonsense,” Jennifer Allen said. She added that she worried about her son being pulled over or having some other need to interact with an officer, and not having the tools necessary to successfully navigate those challenges.

“We can’t rely on other cards and things that they can reach and give to an officer of the law because that could be misconstrued as they’re reaching for a weapon, so if it’s directly on the driver’s license then that is indeed a safety net,” she stated.

Join Aspergers101 as we skate for Autism/Asperger Awareness! Let’s all go to a true San Antonio’s landmark…The Rollercade for one more roll around the rink before school sets in. The nostalgic wooden rink will take you back to a day long gone and owner and USA Sports Roller Hall of Famer, Verna Quaranto will keep it a sensory-friendly skate for our 2-hour designated celebration! 100% of entry fee(s) will be donated to the outreach programs offered through Aspergers101…come see us!

 

Date: August 17, 2017
Event: Skate for Autism/Asperger Awareness!
Venue: The Rollercade
(210) 826-6361
Location: 223 Recoleta Rd, San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, Texas 78216
United States
Public: Public

Volunteer of the Year Award

VOYA Health and Wellness

Award

Our dedicated and passionate founder and CEO, Jennifer Allen, was awarded the Health and Wellness Volunteer of the Year Award at the San Antonio United Way VOYA Awards. Her efforts, drive, and unendingly giving heart have made amazing progresses for our city and the Aspergers community at large, and we are so thankful to be on this journey with her.

Jennifer accepted this incredible honor at the VOYA Awards ceremony on May 17th, 2016.

Congratulations Jennifer!

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Celebrating the Uniqueness of Autism!

New Year...New Initiative

Happy New Year! As Aspergers101 begins the year 2016…we go in with a bang for our Autism/Asperger Community. Celebrating the Uniqueness of Autism is a campaign designed to do just that…celebrate the quirks and perks of Aspergers Syndrome. One way Aspergers101 will reach out is through a collaborative effort with the Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s TV Station in San Antonio Texas, WOAI-TV.

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General Manager John Seabers and  Creative Services Director Terry McFarlane graciously agreed to partner with Aspergers101 in bringing the message of Celebrating the Uniqueness of Autism to the viewers through a series of PSAs (Public Service Announcements) to air on WOAI, News 4 San Antonio, and digital Channel 4.2 Antenna TV as well as a worldwide reach on Aspergers101.org.

Agreeing to host the PSA series is senior veteran anchor Randy Beamer with the initial ads featuring the talents of Dr. Temple Grandin, Samuel Allen and Houston Eco-Artist Grant Manier. Each posses unique talents that could have been overlooked if not for someone standing up for them and guiding them toward their area of expertise.

We want to share these initial PSAs with you here:

Spotlight on: Inventor, Autism Activist and Author Dr. Temple Grandin

Boy with Asperger’s Syndrome hospitalized in brutal school attack

Fox 8 Cleveland
FEBRUARY 26, 2015

So heartbreaking and yet familiar. Bullying happens at every level in life but for those on the spectrum, according to Dr. Tony Attwood, you have about a 100% chance of it happening during the school years. This 12 year old with Aspergers was beaten for sticking to what was familiar.

Boy with Asperger’s Syndrome hospitalized in brutal school attack

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Letter From the Editor: New Blog Schedule!

Is there a favorite blog that you follow? Do you have a favorite topic on Aspergers101?

Letter From the Editor

Starting this week you can now follow the Aspergers101 blogs on a daily posting schedule! Visit Aspergers101.org on one of the specified days below to catch the newest post from your favorite bloggers.

  • Sunday: Education K-12 with Lisa Rogers
  • Monday: Education College with Marc Ellison
  • Tuesday: Medical with the doctors of the Autism Community Network
  • Wednesday: Top of the Spectrum News and Employment with Maggie Cromeens
  • Thursday: Social Development with John Habershon
  • Friday: Autistically Speaking/Autalkz and Family with Katherine Goodsell and Jennifer Allen

-Brie Lemos, Senior Editor

aspergers101.com – Press Release

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Mom Launches Gateway Connecting Doctors, Educators & Parents on Aspergers & High Functioning Autism

 

 

 

 

SAN ANTONIO, TX, USA, March 25, 2014 / — Temple Grandin, Albert Einstein and Issac Newton have it… yet many are puzzled by it….let’s talk Aspergers Syndrome! Announcing the launch of a free resource with timely original content. Introducing aspergers101.com.

Desperate for information when her son was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome 10 years ago, Jennifer Allen with the support of her family, has dedicated her life to  gathering and supplying information for those seeking the best life possible under their diagnosis. 

Aspergers101.com is what the titled suggests, a full resource of information on Aspergers Syndrome as well as High-Functioning Autism. Created on the heels of success with her documentary Coping to Excelling: Solutions for school-age children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome , Jennifer teamed up with specialists in the field of Autism including doctors, therapists and educators to provide targeted continually updated information on all things Aspergers Syndrome.

View Full Press Release Here!