Driving with Autism

and other Communication Impediments

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This trail-blazing initiative is allowing Texas to lead the country in innovations to improve the interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities while providing support for drivers wanting to expand their independence by driving. Because of the collaborative work of Aspergers101 and the Texas DPS, the following 3 initiatives were announced on April 25th, 2016 at a Press Conference from our State Capitol. 1) New Drivers License Restriction Code: Communication Impediment with a Peace Officer 2) State-wide law enforcement training on Autism, Aspergers and other disabilities within the Communication Impediment restriction code. This will be accomplished through live training that Aspergers101 is conducting with new Texas DPS Trooper Recruits and through video training modules produced in conjunction with Texas DPS and the Texas Governors Committee on People with Disabilities. 3) Aspergers101 teamed up with Texas DPS Training Facility in Florence Texas to produce a template for a day-long “Driving with Autism” Camp.

Texas State Press Conference

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Governors Committee on People with Disabilities and Aspergers101 together announced the new Driver License Restriction Code for Citizens with Autism on Monday April 25th 2016 at the Texas State Capitol.

 

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“Driving with Autism” Camp

Stay tuned for more information about the “Driving with Autism” Camp to be offered through the Texas DPS New Training Facility located in Florence, Tx. Details to be posted here soon!

Press Release from the Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas DPS Press Release - Initiatives to Help Texas Drivers with Communication Challenges
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Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw

“At the Department of Public Safety, we are uniquely aware that having a driver license can pave the way to independence for many, and we are pleased to provide the communication impediment notice on Texas driver licenses and ID cards. Protecting the safety of all Texans, on and off the road, is the keystone of our mission, and this driver license/ID card option provides vital information that can serve as a powerful communication bridge between this group of Texans and our officers.”-  Steven McCraw/Texas DPS Director

 

 

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