Improving independence in driving for autistic adults

Challenges in community mobility can act as barriers to social inclusion for autistic individual. Driving is often difficult as it requires quick decisions and problem solving in response to road conditions and unpredictable traffic. There is currently a lack of understanding on how autistic learner drivers read and respond to traffic and hazards on the road. The problem is further confounded as there are currently no established standards in Australia for assessing driving behaviours.

The overall aim of this project is to address community mobility challenges experienced by young autistic adults. This project aims to design, pilot testing and evaluate the feasibility, appropriateness and effectiveness of an autistic driver training package in supporting learner drivers with autism to obtain a driver’s licence and maintain on-road safety.
Project Leader(s)
  • Hoe Lee, Curtin University
Project code
3.040RS