Driving with autism spectrum disorders

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Research Study Description

Researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA are currently conducting a voluntary research study. The purpose of the study is to learn more about how autism spectrum disorders affect driving, in particular responses to potential hazards.

Individuals must meet the following requirements for participation:
o Have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
o 18 years of age or older
o Normal visual acuity (20/40 or better – with or without glasses)
o Licensed to drive and a current driver

Participation involves:
o If you take part in this study, you will be asked to drive in a driving simulator through a city environment and to avoid collisions with hazards (such as pedestrians or other vehicles).
o Your vision will also be measured (reading letters on a letter chart).
o You will be asked to complete some questionnaires about your experience of driving in the simulator and about your on-road driving experiences.
o You will be asked to complete some questionnaires about aspects of your personality or daily life experiences.

If you meet the requirements and choose to participate you will be asked to contribute between 2-4 hours of your time across 1 or 2 visits. You will be reimbursed $10 per hour for your time and up to $30 for travel-related costs, including validated parking.

Organization:  The research will take place at the Schepens Eye Research Institute,
20 Staniford Street, Boston, MA.

Contact:  To contact us for more information, please email us at:
[email protected]
Shannon Brady – Research Intern

Study Link:  Or, to express your interest and have us contact you directly, please use this link code to fill out a short form: https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=ENYAKEDYWFW49JCH