Kartläggning av transportsituationen för barn med autismspektrumstörning

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Torbjörn Falkmer
Marita Falkmer
Gunilla Gerland

The transport situation for children with autism-spectrum disorders is unknown in an international, as well as in a Swedish context. In order to investigate it, questionnaires from 1,631 parents with children suffering from autism-spectrum disorders, such as Asperger syndrome and autism, were analysed. The results showed that almost three out of four parents were worried when their child was transported by school transportation or by the Special Transport System (STS). Transports in the family vehicle caused worry among almost half of the parents. Transport adaptation to this particular group of children with disabilities refers merely to implementation of knowledge and a specific, well structured, approach among the drivers towards the children during the ride, rather than to a physical/mechanical adaptation of the vehicles. The parents’ worries were justified by the fact that the children were not transported according to general safety recommendations. Moreover, it was common that the children were transported with unfamiliar drivers, as well as with unknown passengers. These examples show that lack of adaptations for children with autism-spectrum disorders cause unnecessary problems among them and cause worries among their parents. Furthermore, these examples constitute unnecessary obstacles for the children’s transport mobility.

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