Autism & Driving

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

AUTISM & DRIVING.  The diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should not be a barrier to holding a licence. Therefore,  When a disabled person applies for a driving licence. They should declare their disability on their application.

Firstly, Autism is a spectrum disorder so some people with autism may find this skill extremely difficult to grasp. However, others will be highly competent drivers.

Either way, The normal minimum age for driving is 17. However, if you are getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) higher rate mobility you can learn to drive at 16.

Therefore, The rules that require you to disclose a diagnosis of an ASD and procedure for applying for a driving licence can be found on the DVLA website: http://www.dvla.gov.uk/medical.aspx.  For England, Scotland and Wales, and on http://www.nidirect.gov.uk for Northern Ireland.

You can access The “at-a-glance guide” to the current medical standards of fitness to drive here. http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla//medical/aag. page 34 of this guide are the Standards relating to autism and Asperger syndrome.

Finally, In the case of autistic spectrum disorders, barriers to holding a licence might include a history of epilepsy, perceptual problems, difficulties with multi-tasking. Also, Poor motor control or dyspraxia and problems with sequencing. Nonetheless, This should not be an absolute barrier to gaining a licence. But you will need to be aware that they may present difficulties. Please see the ‘Useful contacts section on this page for details of where to get forms when applying for a licence.

Epilepsy

Furthermore, The fitness to drive medical rules regarding epilepsy is dependent on the time period since the last seizure. also, The type of seizures experienced. Further information about changes in the regulations made in March 2013 can be found on the Epilepsy Society website at http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/AboutEpilepsy/Livingwithepilepsy/Drivingandtravel/Drivingandtransport Please speak to your GP or refer to the DVLA guide for more details: http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla//medical/aag

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