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Driving with Autism

fixed-5x5This trail-blazing initiative will allow 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 work of Aspergers101, Texas will be able to announce the following initiatives during the April 25th Press Conference.

About the Founder

JeniferAllen

After an extensive career broadcast marketing, Jennifer and her husband searched for answers when their oldest son hit the kinder years with great difficultly. After finally learning that their oldest son had Aspergers Syndrome, she left her career in television and became a full time mother to both of her sons. Jennifer elicited the… Read More

About Aspergers101

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Aspergers101 Mission Statement: We promise to empower and educate individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s, their advocates and the community so that we can provide optimum support and expanding opportunities for lifelong growth and fulfillment. Read More

More About “Driving with Autism”

This trail-blazing initiative will allow 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 work of Aspergers101, Texas will be able to announce the following initiatives during the April 25th 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 she will produce in conjunction with Texas DPS. 3) Aspergers101 has teamed up with Texas DPS Training Facility in Florence Texas to offer a “Driving with Autism” Camp.

Jennifer Allen/Founder Aspergers101 and Driving with Autism
(210) 241-2922
jallen100@att.net
Texas DPS Communications Office
(512) 424-2080
media@dps.texas.gov

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.” – DPS Director Steven McCraw

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About the Founder

JeniferAllen

Jennifer Allen/Founder Aspergers101 and “Driving with Autism”

After an extensive career broadcast marketing, Jennifer and her husband searched for answers when their oldest son hit the kinder years with great difficultly. After finally learning that their oldest son had Aspergers Syndrome, she left her career in television and became a full time mother to both of her sons. Jennifer elicited the participation of her sons and together they produced several independent programs including a children’s animated series titled Ameriquest Kids (now distributed by Landmark Media) as well as her documentary and book titled, Coping to Excelling: Solutions for school-age children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome.

The need for more information encouraged Jennifer to elicit a team of autism experts to provide weekly, original content to a website free to anyone seeking to live their best under the diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome… appropriately titled: Aspergers101.com

Jennifer has created and spearheaded the “Driving with Autism” State-Wide Initiative in Texas from the fear of her own son driving. Texas Department of Public Safety has embraced and forged new paths for people on the spectrum by establishing the driver license restriction code: Communication Impediment with a Peace Officer. In addition, Jennifer and her son Sam are currently training Texas Trooper Recruits on Autism/Aspergers and what it might look like in a pull-over. Partnering with Texas DPS Jennifer is writing a 32-page booklet to be offered in conjunction with a DPS Driving with Autism Camp due out later part of 2016.

Recent Awards:
San Antonio United Way Volunteer of the Year Award (VOYA) 2016 Category Health & Wellness
Abilene Christian University Distinguished Alumni Citation 
Gutenberg Award (ACU) 2016

 

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Media Relations Contact

Jennifer Allen/Founder Aspergers101 and Driving with Autism
(210) 241-2922
jallen100@att.net

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In the Media

Aspergers101.com Mom launches new website by WillamLacy

Express News – Documentary helps with Coping with Autism/Aspergers  

Navigate Life Texas – Jennifer Allen’s “Aspergers 101”: Sometimes the Best Things Really Are Free!

PediaStaff – Autism Resource of the Week: Aspergers101

Texas Standard- with David Brown/ Heard on Texas Public Radio, Marfa Public Radio, KUT, KERA & Houston Public Radio
Some people don’t pick up on social cues, which can lead to tragedy. We’ll meet a mother who’s changing how Texas police interact with autistic kids like her own.
http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/texas-standard- for-april- 26-2016/

DPS expands training to include autism, communication issues
By Samantha Ketterer (Houston Chronicle)
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/DPS-expands-training-to-include-autism-7320549.php

WOAI-TV (Sinclair Broadcasting)
Department of public safety assists drivers with communication challenges
By Amanda Weber
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/department-of-public-safety-assists-drivers-with-communication-challenges

KXAN-TV – Austin
New tool helps officers, people with Autism during traffic stops
http://kxan.com/2016/04/25/new-tool-helps-officers-people-with-autism-during-traffic-stops/

Houston Chronicle – full story
DPS boosts training on how to deal with drivers with autism
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/DPS-boosts-training-on-how-to-deal-with-drivers-7357942.php

Time Warner Cable News/Austin
DPS Adds Communication Impediment Marker to ID
http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2016/04/26/dps-adds-communication-impediment-marker-to-id.html

The Katy News
Initiatives to Help Texas Drivers with Communication Challenges
http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2016/04/26/dps-adds-communication-impediment-marker-to-id.html

The Daily Texan
Texas DPS announces expansion of law enforcement officer training related to communication, autism
BY FORREST MILBURN
http://dailytexanonline.com/2016/04/26/texas-dps-announces-expansion-of-law-enforcement-officer-training-related-to

The Texas Department of Public Safety Press Release
Initiatives to Help Texas Drivers with Communication Challenges
http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr/2016/0425a

Everything Lubbock.com
Initiatives to Help Texas Drivers with Communication Challenges
http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/local-news/initiatives-to-help-texas-drivers-with-communication-challenges

KSAT-TV: Autistic drivers eligible for special notice on driver’s license/San Antonio family working with DPS to launch campaign
http://www.ksat.com/news/autistic-drivers-eligible-for-special-notice-on-drivers-license

Thrive with Aspergers – Guest: Jennifer Allen/Aspergers101 (article and Podcast)
http://www.myaspergers.net/what-is-aspergers/podcast/now-enjoy-great-parenting-advice-from-aspergers-101/

TheChatterBox with Ellen Hedger – Guest: Jennifer Allen/ Aspergers101 (Podcast)
https://soundcloud.com/ellen-smith-hedger/the-chatterbox-with-ellen-hedgerjennifer-allen-of-aspergers-101

 

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About Aspergers101

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Aspergers101 Mission Statement: We promise to empower and educate individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s, their advocates and the community so that we can provide optimum support and expanding opportunities for lifelong growth and fulfillment.

The primary purpose of Aspergers101 is to educate about Aspergers Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. We provide an online learning platform, offer presentations in schools and organizations, produce videos and present film-screenings to raise awareness and advocate for policy changes to empower people with autism and AS working toward greater independence. When parents and educators don’t know where to turn, Aspergers101 aims to provide them with the best information and resources available.

Our award-winning website, www.Aspergers101.org, features weekly articles in the areas of Medical, Education, Family, Employment, Social Development, Adulthood and Driving with Autism. Doctors, therapists, educators, and specialists provide down-to-earth, accessible articles to help parents, families, and the autism community better understand medications, training, diagnosis, therapies and services, and to make educational choices that suit their individual child from K-12 to higher education and beyond.

Additionally, short videos offer insights and much needed information into daily living with Aspergers Syndrome. Featured experts include Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Tony Attwood, Behavioral Therapist Billy Edwards, and Author Jennifer McIlwee Myers. Although the organization received 501c3 nonprofit designation in 2014, Aspergers101 has been operating as a volunteer-based organization since 2013. Read More

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