The ability to reach one’s destination is an aspect of life often taken for granted. Aside from occasional traffic jams, car payments or the irritation of a crowded bus, typical individuals are able to move about freely, easily, efficiently and safely. Meeting the very basics of human need revolve around one’s ability to reach the destination of choice and most people would agree that doing so allows access to services that are fundamental to living a good life. Services like employment, recreation, social events and activities of daily living (groceries, haircuts) all require the ability to get there.
When an individual lives with a neurodevelopment condition1 like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),2 the ability to use transportation in a typical manner is compromised. Without reasonable access to appropriate, safe and efficient transportation, one’s ability to work, recreate, obtain medical care and socialize are compromised. At first glance, transportation may appear to be less essential than caregiver or accommodation issues, yet the importance of transportation as a critical service to provide access for those living with ASD appears to have been overlooked in policy, practice and research.
As children with autism become adults with autism, the hope for increased employment, better recreation, appropriate medical care and decreased caregiver burden will revolve around their ability to get to services. Individuals with ASD, and likely others affected by cognitive, intellectual and developmental conditions, need transport that is safe, efficient and reliable. Read more: http://www.theabilityhub.org/resources/books-publications/mind-gap