Gersh's vision is a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are empowered to thrive and reach their full independence potential. Having a driver's license affords these individuals the opportunity to lead a full and fulfilling life. Gersh, with its many schools and postsecondary programs, is leading the world in promoting independence for individuals on the spectrum


When making a determination for a potential candidate for the S.T.A.A.R. program, an evaluation process will take place. This process will be reviewed by the evaluation team and is comprised of industry professionals such as; Certified Special Education Teachers, Social Workers, Life Skills Coordinators, and Directors of Special Education Services.


Phase (1) - Taking the NYS Permit Test: The NYS DMV permit handbook has been tailored to make the information easier to comprehend.

Phase (2)- Simulator: A state of the art simulator has been added to the curriculum to give the student that hands on driving experience and vehicle knowledge without stress or repercussions.

Phase (3) Golf Cart: This is where the student will get their first taste of real world road experience. Each golf cart will be equipped with some of the safety features of an actual vehicle to give the student familiarity with vehicle functions. (Blinker, Rearview Mirror, Side Mirrors and Seat Belts) 

Phase (4) - Actual Vehicle: This is the final stage and will not be permitted until all the other stages have been completed and a passing grade received. Prior to going on the open roads, students will first practice in a closed setting, such as a parking lot or open field.

The NYS Pre-Licensing Course will also need to be taken and can be administered by a partner company of Gersh Driver Driver Education. An additional nominal fee will be required.

For more information on this program, including class schedules, please call: (631) 416-7224



As individuals we are special, but together we are unstoppable
We figure out who needs to be involved and we involve them. We keep an open mind and work hard at listening to others. We know when to dream and when to make a decision. We understand our strengths and the strengths of others. We use other people's skills and abilities to complement our own.

Related imageGersh Academy's vision is a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are empowered to thrive.


The Gersh Academy S.T.A.A.R. program is a driver training course specially designed for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is recognized by The Gersh Academy Organization. 

This program has taken all the requirements needed to obtain a NYS driver's license and tailored them to fit the learning needs of people with ASD.


With over 25 years of experience in special education, no one comes close to the individualized approach taken by the Gersh family of programs.

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