Aspergers101 has initiated a state-wide program, but we are fully responsible for the funding until a grant has been awarded. We need your help to fuel the costs associated with implementing the multipronged "Driving with Autism" initiative. Here are the details:
Aspergers101 has teamed up with the Texas DPS and the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. This trailblazing 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 4 ground-breaking initiatives during the April 25th Press Conference from our State Capitol.
1) New Drivers License Restriction Code: Communication Impediment with a Peace Officer
2) Mandatory 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 Jennifer Allen is doing with new Texas DPS Trooper Recruits, and through video training modules (TCOLE) that she will produce in conjunction with DPS.
3) The addition of Autism recognition through the states TLETS system alerting the officer of the autistic driver prior to the approaching the vehicle
4) Jennifer has teamed up with Texas DPS Training Facility in Florence Texas to offer a Driving with Autism Camp to be available twice a year.
Fuel the program! Your money will go directly to fund:
- Printing and state-wide distribution of 11 x 17 Posters and informative Tri-fold brochures
- Training materials for Law Enforcement Workshops
- Video Production for interviews and re-enactments to be shown at workshops, free to all at Aspergers101.org, at the DPS Driving with Autism Camp, and more.
- Marketing the message of “Driving with Autism” to autism associations, schools, and drivers education programs
- Research/Medical based initiatives with University of Texas Health Science Center that result in developing a better driving simulator for those with disabilities.