ASD Driver

The following is a listing of standard driving schools, including the type(s) of training offered. For information regarding tuition, schedules, and other details, please contact the schools directly.

AddisonJeffersonvilleNorthfieldSouth DuxburyWilliston
BarreJerichoPawletStoweWindsor
BenningtonMiddleburyReadsboroSwantonWinooski
ColchesterRichmondVergennes
EssexMoretownRutlandWaitsfield
Hyde ParkNew HavenSaint JohnsburyWallingford
IrasburgNewburySheldonWhite River Jct
Addison

Students must cross the roadway only in front of the school bus when given the signal to do so by the school bus driver. Be in line when the school bus approaches. Wait to approach the bus until the bus has come to a complete stop, the red lights are on, and the bus driver gives the signal to approach. Go to the device manager and click on the unknown AMD ASD device needing the driver. Click on the driver tab. Click on Update Driver. Select the Browse my computer for driver software option, and browse to the driver folder you unzipped. Make sure the Include Subfolders box is checked, and the driver.

  • ASD Form RM #014 Revised 8/12/2019 VOLUNTEER DRIVER FORM. In completing this form one week prior to the first field trip, I am volunteering to provide pupil transportation on an individual basis for school sponsored programs, i.e., field trips, etc., at School for the school year.
  • Take note of the drive letter assigned to the ASD in Windows File Explorer. Launch the ASD Updater and under 'Select a Drive' select the drive letter assigned to the ASD Flash Drive by Windows.
  • Only One-Third of Autistic Teens Have Drivers’ Licenses Sat, 4/28/2018 - 10:03 pm by Kirsten Rincon Drivers license laws in the U.S. Typically allow teens to obtain a learner’s permit by the age of 16 and an unrestricted license to drive by the time they turn 18. However, for teens who struggle with autism, it is not so simple.
  • Road Ready Driving School
    606 Tri Town Road
    Addison, VT 05491
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 349-6800
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Barre
  • Allstate Driving Instruction
    3472 Airport Road
    Barre, VT 05641
    also serving Middlebury, Rutland, and Brattleboro areas
    Website: allstatevt.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 775-9218
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Bennington
  • Bennington Driving School
    150 Sunset Drive
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 681-7651
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Driver License Exams
  • Pinsonneault Driving School
    216 Autumn Acres Road
    Bennington, VT 05201
    Website: pinsonneaultdrivingschool.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 442-9678
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Colchester
  • UVM Medical Center Driver Rehabilitation Program
    792 College Parkway
    Suite 102
    Medical Office Building
    Colchester, VT 05446
    Website: uvmhealth.org
    Email: email to uvmhealth.org
    Phone: 802 847-3140
    Courses: Driver Rehabilitation, Special Equipment Training
Essex
  • Epic Driving, LLC
    Essex Junction, VT 05673
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 391-6623
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Training
Hyde Park
  • Winding Roads Driving School
    38 Haley Drive
    Hyde Park, VT 05655
    Website: windingroadsvt.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 558-0435
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Irasburg
  • Precision Driver Training School
    900 Route 58 West
    Irasburg, VT 05845
    Website: vtdrivered.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 754-2842
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Driver License Exam
Jeffersonville
  • B-Safe School of Driving
    1274 Pond Road
    Jeffersonville, VT 05464
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 793-3358
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Special Equipment Training, Driver License Exams
Jericho
  • Chandler Driving Academy
    139 Gleason Lane
    Jericho, VT 05465
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 233-6902
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Middlebury
  • Allstate Driving Instruction
    126 Monroe Street
    Middlebury, VT 05753
    also serving Middlebury, Rutland, and Brattleboro areas
    Website: allstatevt.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 775-9218
    Courses: Standard Driver Training

Montpelier
  • ASD Driver Training School
    3180 Towne Hill Road
    East Montpelier, VT 05651
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 371-9293
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Moretown
  • Central VT Driving School
    PO Box 686
    Moretown, VT 05660
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 496-5251
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
New Haven
  • Cioffredi's Driving School
    53 Fog Valley Road
    New Haven, VT 05472
    Website: cioffredisdrivingschool.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 643-2249
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Training
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Newbury
  • Upper Valley Driving Academy
    2137 Halls Lake Road
    Newbury, VT 05051
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 222-1982
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Northfield
  • D&R School of Driving
    207 VT Rte 12A
    Northfield, VT 05663
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 485-8821
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Pawlet
  • Great Expectations Driving School
    Pawlet, VT 05761
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 325-3048
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Readsboro
  • Southern Vermont Driving School
    219 John Birch Drive
    Readsboro, VT 05350
    (serving Brattleboro area)
    Website: southernvermontdrivingschool.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 423-5595
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Driver Training
Richmond
  • 802 Driving School
    555 Hillview Road
    Richmond, VT
    Website: 802drivingschool.webs.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 585-9937
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Rutland

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  • Allstate Driving Instruction
    375 Notch Road
    Rutland, VT 05701
    also serving Middlebury, Rutland, and Brattleboro areas
    Website: allstatevt.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 775-9218
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
  • Browne's Driving School
    Rutland, VT
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 236-0033
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Driver License Exams
  • Road TestVT
    375 Notch Road
    Rutland, VT 05701
    Website: roadtestvt.com
    Phone: 802 828-7502
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Driver License Exams
  • Rutland Regional Driver Assessment Program
    160 Allen Street
    Rutland, VT 05701
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 772-2490
    Courses: Driver Rehabilitation, Special Equipment Training
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Saint Johnsbury

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  • St. Johnsbury Academy Driver Training School
    1000 Main Street
    St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
    Website: stjacademy.org/academics/adult-education
    Phone: 802 748-7738
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Driver License Exam
Sheldon
  • Cow Tales Driver Education
    2271 Sweet Hollow Road
    Sheldon, VT 05483
    Website: cowtalesdrivereducation.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 309-5076
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Training
South Duxbury
  • Superior Driving School
    63 Ledge Road
    South Duxbury, VT 05660
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 244-1920
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Driver License Exam
Stowe
  • Green Mountain Driving Academy
    Stowe, VT 05672
    Phone: 802 279-3897
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Swanton
  • Abcisee Driving School
    12 Canada Street
    Swanton, VT 05488
    Website: sites.google.com/site/abcisee2014
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 868-1844
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Vergennes
  • Hull's Driving School
    50 Monkton Road
    Vergennes, Vermont 05491
    Website: hullsdrivingschool.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 603-707-0942
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Training
Waitsfield
  • Dudley's Driving Academy
    26 Marble Hill Road
    Waitsfield, VT 05673
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 583-2555
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Manual Shift Lessons
Wallingford
  • Yankee Driving School
    PO Box 476
    Wallingford, VT 05773
    Website: yankeedrivingschool.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 558-2897
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Driver Training
White River Junction
  • Adaptive Driving Associates
    220 Holiday Drive, Suite 24
    White River Junction, VT 05001
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 296-2004
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Special Equipment Training, Driver Rehabilitation
Williston
  • Associates in Driving
    Williston, VT 05495
    Website: associatesindriving.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 777-8353
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Training
  • RightZONE Driving School
    27 Hillside Drive
    Williston, VT 05495
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 802 878-3702
    Courses: Standard Driver Training
Windsor
  • Summit Driving School
    Windsor, VT 05059
    Website: N/A
    Email: N/A
    Phone: N/A
    Courses: Standard Driver Training, Adult Training
Winooski

Learning to drive a car is not just a rite of passage into adulthood, it’s also a vital necessity in today’s life for many in communities with limited public transportation. Individuals with ASD can certainly learn to be safe, defensive drivers, but it does mean that learning to drive may come with some additional challenges.

The release of the DSM-V last year consolidated several disorders that existed under the DSM-IV into a single diagnosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder. The following are no longer diagnostically accurate:

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  • Autistic Disorder
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

If you have previously been diagnosed with one of these disorders under the guidelines of the DSM-IV, you are now covered under the umbrella diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the new guidelines.

How Does ASD Impact Driving?

While there is substantive scientific research available on the impacts of ASD on an individual’s abilities to learn in the classroom, as well as intervention recommendations, research is scant on the impact of ASD on learning to drive safely. Car crashes remain the number one cause of death for teenagers and young adults in the United States, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2012).

Individuals with ASD diagnoses frequently demonstrate greater difficulty in learning the skills necessary for safe driving, especially in terms of the executive functioning skills of the mind (attention, inhibition, working memory, reason and planning). Published research has demonstrated links between executive function and safe driving ability. These mental processes are critical to the safe operation of a motor vehicle in live, dynamic traffic. Our training program is designed to hone executive functioning skills through interactive games, challenges and exercises that are engaging, fun and effective.

How qualified is the instructor?

Most private and public driving instructors specialize in training neurotypical teenagers how to pass the driving test. Most driver rehabilitation programs, including those based in regional hospitals, specialize in physical and occupational retraining for experienced drivers. Modern Driver Institute is the only facility on the East Coast that specializes in cognitive and behavioral training for non-traditional novice drivers.

Surprisingly, there are no regulations governing who can train whom in Pennsylvania. Anyone training novice drivers for pay must be licensed as a driving instructor by the PA Department of Education, but the only requirement to be a driving instructor is a high school diploma. There are no guidelines at all over who may call themselves a “driver rehabilitation specialist” (someone who works with licensed drivers). There are also no regulations limiting which driving instructors can claim expertise in working with individuals with cognitive, learning, behavioral or developmental differences.

At Modern Driver Institute, we’ve inherited students from private and public driving instructors, as well as from rehabilitation hospitals and rehabilitation specialists. In almost every case, we’ve succeeded where they could not. This is because we choose to specialize in this one area, and this specialization brings expertise to a new level.

Mike Mercadante is licensed by the PA Department of Education as a driving instructor. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is currently working toward his Ph.D. He is a subject matter expert who spent eight years working in traffic safety research, and who continues to read and author cutting edge research in the field. He is approved through the PA Bureau of Autism Services to provide driver education through ACAP (Adult Community Autism Program) and has completed substantive training through the BAS. He also has training in developmental psychology and applied behavior analysis.

Most importantly, he’s been training individuals with autism to drive safely and defensively for the past five years. That’s hundreds and hundreds of hours providing services that have resulted in licensed drivers with years of crash-free, ticket-free driving experience. And he is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on this very subject – driver education and novice drivers with autism.

Education, certification, and experience. That’s the combination you should be looking for in a provider.

How does training work?

The training provided at Modern Driver Institute is designed to target areas of specific concern for students with ASD. All training is provided on a one-on-one basis and tailored especially for each student and their unique needs and learning style.

Within our training area, students are picked up at home at the beginning of each training session, and are returned home at the end of the session. Alternatively, we can schedule pick up or drop off at other locations, such as school or work, depending upon the individual’s schedule. Outside of our regular service area, we can arrange a meeting place to begin and end lessons.

Each lesson is approximately two hours long. At the beginning, lessons will focus on building basic skills and getting to know the unique learning style of the student. Later sessions will tackle more advanced concepts and help prepare the student for a lifetime of safe driving. Each session, a detailed worksheet is completed and written notes can help guide practice sessions in between lessons.

Parents are encouraged to ride along on individual lessons to learn what their student is learning, so they can better reinforce the new skills in practice.

Autism in Pennsylvania

According to a 2008 survey by the Center For Disease Control (CDC), here is what the autism picture looks like in Pennsylvania:

  • 1 in 45 boys is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • 1 in 233 girls is diagnosed with ASD.
  • The total prevalence in Pennsylvania’s children is 1 in 75.
  • The national prevalence of ASD diagnoses is about 1 in 68 children.
  • Approximately 1 in 6 children is diagnosed with some form of developmental disability.

MDI works with clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Contact Modern Driver Institute for more information on our programs and services.