A Better Transportation Plan Needed for the Autistic Population
It’s essential for an adult to seek reliable transportation options in order to reach their job and perform their duties in a timely manner. It is therefore also crucial for the autistic portion of the population to find options that work and enable them to live a better quality of life. The current infrastructure doesn’t take into account the obstacles that those with developmental disabilities have to face on a daily basis. Fortunately, a recent study by Rutgers University proposes a series of recommendations in order to break down the barriers that keep a portion of the population on the commute sidelines.
The research study has found that integration to safe and reliable transportation would aid tremendously those with autism spectrum disorders. In a country like the U.S. that heavily relies on transportation it is imperative to find a solution to these challenges. In fact, almost all Americans need to use some sort of transportation in order to reach their job, local pharmacy, or even social events and gatherings.
Most autistic adults take the role of the passenger in a car and are primarily driven by other family members to their respective destinations. As a result of this arrangement, both the autistic adult and the family member suffer emotional negative consequences due to the unforeseen stress and inconvenience this causes for both of the parties involved. Family members don’t see public transportation as a viable alternative because it’s either difficult to access or poses problems for the autistic individual.
One of the principal investigators at Rutgers, Cecilia Feeley, commented that “very little has been written about the transportation issues encountered by adults with autism spectrum disorders”. The researcher goes on to say that this is a serious complication for those who are actively seeking employment or pursuing higher education.
Some of the recommendations ask for the establishment of an Autism and Developmental Disabilities Transportation Research Center to helm further investigation on the issue and implement strategies. Another recommendation focuses on the development of transportation training program aimed towards vehicle operators that interact with autistic adults and others diagnosed with special needs disorders.
More research needs to be conducted in order to continue examining the relationship between employment and transportation for those adults on the autism spectrum. However, many desire reliable and consistent options that they can use without leaving home too far behind. They also expressed a need to be instructed on the skills necessary to use public transportation independently.
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