Person with autism earns motorists license with Washington state equity strategy

Brandon Soliday poses for a portrait in the drivers seat of his car in the driveway at his Port Orchard home on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023.

When Brandon Soliday of Port Orchard passed the driving knowledge exam on Nov. 3 in Lakewood, the 21-12 months-old clenched his fist and raised his arms to the air to specific his contentment. With a significant smile on his experience, he gave his mother, Elizabeth a substantial five. Leaving the exam location, they known as his father quickly to share the very good news.

It was a enormous achievement for Soliday who has autism, a receptive expressive speech disability and an auditory processing incapacity, as Elizabeth described. Soliday experienced taken the test and failed 16 instances in 4 decades before his 17th attempt in November.

The distinction this time was that the Washington State Department of Licensing (WADOL) presented an lodging that allowed Soliday to display his driving expertise. And many in the office who served in this journey were being happy to see the consequence, as it may now open up the door for other men and women with unique wants like Soliday.