Thousands of autistic drivers could find their Australian licences are in legal limbo due to changes quietly made last year to the national standards

Autistic drivers could find their licences in legal limbo depending on where they live after new standards introduced

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2023-11-20 02:30:04

Thousands of autistic drivers could find their Australian licences are in legal limbo due to changes quietly made last year to the national standards that govern who is considered fit to drive.

The national 2022 Assessing Fitness to Drive standards are the first to list autism as a condition that "should be assessed individually", which may involve a practical assessment.

For drivers diagnosed in later life, years after earning a full licence, the changes could have a huge impact on their ability to get to work, care for their children and go about daily living.

Barb, who lives in regional Queensland, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD six weeks before her 40th birthday in 2009. She says it was "life-changing" as she'd always felt different and alienated.

Learning you're autistic as an adult can be fraught with challenges, but these people are determined to embrace their autistic identity.

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