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Driving Lessons Plans for Teens and Adults
with SPECIAL NEEDS

AAA Approved Driving School, Driving school to get permit or license
Perfect for drivers with physical, mental or learning disabilities. Specialized programs designed for teens and adults with Autistic Spectrum, ADHD and Physical needs

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Driver Education For Children With Special Needs

Getting a driver’s license is the first step to independence for many teenagers, which is why we pride ourselves on providing the environment and instruction that allow all our students to become safe and confident drivers. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, “Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may have characteristics that place them at risk for unsafe driving behavior. On the other hand, they may also have characteristics that promote safer driving behavior.” Even with a disadvantage, the number of adolescents driving with special needs is growing.

We recognize that every special needs student is different. While some will fit into our standardized programs, others will need more specialized training. This is why our special needs program is customized around the student.

Can children with special needs drive? Yes, and the number of adolescents driving with special needs is growing. According to research conducted at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  (CHOP), two-thirds of 15- to 18-year-olds with a higher-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) are currently driving or plan to drive, and 1 in 3 adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) without an intellectual disability get licensed by age 21.

Getting licensed and driving with special needs may be viewed by teens as an exciting milestone in their transition to adulthood, but parents may approach this time with fear as well. Many services received as children are no longer available, and the thought of driving may be overwhelming.

Driving With Special Needs

Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder  or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may have characteristics that place them at risk for unsafe driving behaviors, like inattention or getting lost in the details of the road. On the other hand, they may also have characteristics that promote safer driving behavior, such as a vigilance to follow driving laws.

Experts at CHOP recommend that families answer the following questions before their child with special needs starts driver education:

  • Do you feel your child consistently demonstrates good judgment and maturity at school, around peers, and at home?
  • Is your child receptive to constructive criticism and instruction?
  • Does your child demonstrate rules of the road knowledge and other skills taught in driver education classes? If not, does your child need specialized instruction or a driving assessment?
  • Is your child agreeable to practicing driving with a skilled adult prior to driving independently? If so, is there an adult willing and able to serve in this important role?
  • Are there any medical or behavioral conditions (such as untreated seizures) that may prevent your child from driving safely?
  • Are there medical interventions that may be needed to ensure safe driving behaviors?

If your child is ready to begin driver ed and supervised practice, CHOP experts recommend that families:

  • Add goals about driving to the child’s  individualized education plan (IEP)
  • Seek the advice of a certified driving rehabilitation specialist or occupational therapist who specializes in driving
  • Consider treatment with ADHD medication if the child has symptoms of ADHD, including impulsivity and inattention

For those teens with special needs who are not ready or able to drive, there are other ways to ensure safe transportation including practicing how to take public transit and using taxis or ridesharing services. Another option is carpooling with classmates or coworkers who drive. 

Learn more about driving with ASD: According to research conducted at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, nearly two-thirds of adolescents with higher functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are either interested in or currently driving. One in three autistic adolescents without an intellectual disability get licensed by age 21. For more information please go to TeenDriverSource.org.

Learn more about driving with ADHD: Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD. For more information please go to TeenDriverSource.org.

Other helpful information about driver education for children with special needs is found on these websites:

Customized Lesson Plan
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Our special needs lesson plans are customized around our student. Please call and speak to one of our specialists to create a program best suited for you or your child’s needs.

Every program will include:

  • 1-on-1 instruction
  • Customized simulator training
  • Private behind-the-wheel driving lessons

Schedule Your Driving Lessons with Us!

Get started today! Online Courses or traditional classroom at any of our  locations.

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941-209-1916
345 6th Ave W. Suites 10 & 15
Bradenton, FL 34205

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Orlando, FL 32819

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