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have special needs and want to drive an automobile, here is how to decide.

With ADD or ADHD abilities, Yes you can - Drive!

Before you make the decision to drive an automobile, be sure to have understood the consequences of your choice. Once the individual is of the appropriate age for making this independent choice, and is able to distinguish dangerous actions and potential threats to safety, including all understanding of how and when to apply the established rules as is written when the permit test was passed, and not limited to misunderstanding what is written here, then it will be time to pursue the in car driving lessons. image

This is not an attempt to discourage your motivation, desire and need to drive a vehicle for the purpose of independence, but rather a forceful attempt to ensure that your desire to drive can coordinate with your physical capacity to maneuver an automobile under dynamic road situations while driving alone - with special needs.

Most students with these special needs do not vocalize well any misunderstanding of difficulty operating a motor vehicle. Instructors must be very skilled at asking these students the appropriate questions given specific situations. All answers must be clear or otherwise any ambiguities removed, else the student can struggle mightily to achieve what seem to most normal drivers to be routine understanding and skills.

One of the first issues you may notice about an ADHD student driver is that despite multiple times driving on the same roads or in the same neighborhood - in which he lives, he is often unable to find his way home. This is because having ADHD aslo means not being able to recognize connections between different roads and places ( towns ).

ADD/ADHD/Asperger's syndrome students tend to exhibit a kind of dissociation from the reality they are currently experiencing, evidenced by no demonstration of the internal and silent questions of who, what, where, when, and how not persistently resonating for maintaining a sense of safety; thus, running off the road, losing control while turning, or close collisions with other vehicles or objects does not elicit any behavior or reaction of immediate alarm, although he may be struggling to regain control. Some of these students seem to possess no fear of real present dangers.

Reader, beware that you are not here to learn what to do when driving an automobile. As a repetition, you are here only to reach an understanding of whether or not that choice is viable.

V.E.S.I.D If you have a disability and want to contact VESID for assistance including help to fund your driving lessons, check the link below.

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Special Needs includes all the categories listed on this page.

Driving with Autism is likely to be one of the most challenging and prolonged driving lesson. As with ADD, students with Autism tend to conceal the issue from the driving instructor. The instructor will often become frustrated due to a lack of normal achievement with autistic students after more than the average number of lessons has been given.

For the instructor, it may be helpful to understand that autism occurs in the cerebral cortex where normal cells are disorganized in patches, or are completely missing from the time of birth owing to many causes. This is why the student does not reveal this information, since there is no known cure. When diagnosed early, rewiring around disorganized cells may help.

Autistic students can be recognized from a number of issues:
(1) They never ask the appropriate questions, if any.
(2) Some of these students seem to possess no fear of real dangers.
(3) These students may have abnormal and high pitched speech.
(4) These students are normally males.
(5) They will have difficulty following instructions and recognizing places, roads and markers for directions.
(6) Autistic driving students always look down and away from you - moving their heads quickly as to avoid eye contact - when you are speaking to them..
(7) He may look past the real danger when stopping for signs and lights.
(8) These students are often not able to hold a conversation and may have difficulty remembering spoken instructions.
(9) The student is unaware of leaning their body forward - away from the seat - while driving.

Driving With One Eye is probably the least alarming and demanding issue to work with for a student driver with special needs and the instructor. With the use of an especially wide mirror and some compensatory techniques, this driver can be taught normally including average learning time. For more severe vision issues take a look at bioptic lenses for driving.bioptic glasses

Tunnel Visioned students can be especially challenging, because left turns at "T" crossings or Intersections requires much more attention to looking in the most immediately dangerous areas.

Tourette Syndrome student drivers are also thought normally. Just be sure any medications are taken at the appropriate time prior to the driving lesson.

Weak Limb or Side is normally a condition where the student was born with one side of the body more developed and therefore stronger than the other. The person may not be able to place - usually their hand - in the most normally comfortable position for steering the vehicle. There may also be issues with turning the neck or head to check the blind spot on the weak side of the body.

Practice expectations with special needs such as ADD and ADHD have proven to be successful when the student remains vigilant and is able to plan ahead while he maintains focused by self-repeating what he intends to do.

These student drivers and parents often begin driving with no mention of the obvious difficulty ahead. The saying is that “I was born with it and there is nothing I can do about changing it". But that assumption is incorrect because children tend to outgrow ADD and ADHD. This is why adults are not normally diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.

As you practice do not compare your driving to anyone else, since it is very likely that you will be taking more driving lessons over a longer time period than others, so ask lots of questions and do not quit.

Be sure to keep notes of your mistakes as you progress. This is the secret to your future success.