STAR Works in Progress featuring Daniel Cox, Ph.D.
Improving driving skills and promoting autonomy in young adults with ASD by making simulated driver training accessible Presented by: Daniel Cox, PhD
For youth with high-functioning ASD, learning to drive can be a key step toward leading a self-determined life. One third of individuals with ASD earn a driver’s license with traditional training - but compared to their neuro-typical peers, it takes longer to achieve licensure, they drive more poorly, experience more anxiety while driving, restrict their driving more, and may have more violations and collisions. Using new mixed-reality head-mounted displays (mrHMD), this study seeks to deliver driver testing and training for teens with ASD to reduce driving anxiety, enhance abilities, and hasten licensure.