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Driving Lessons Plans for Teens and Adults

Perfect for drivers with physical, mental or learning disabilities.
Specialized programs designed for teens and adults with Autistic Spectrum, ADHD and Physical needs
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.

Driver Education For Children With Special Needs

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 ADHD.

Learn more about driving with ASD.

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

Customized Lesson Plan
(call for pricing)

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 14 locations.

Ponte Vedra Beach Main Office: 
10033 Sawgrass Dr W Suite 102 Ponte Vedra, FL 32082, Phone: (866) 838-0055

Ponte Vedra / Jax Beaches
10033 Sawgrass Dr W #102
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Jacksonville / First Coast
11764 Marco Beach Dr. Suite 8
Jacksonville, FL 32224

St. Augustine / St. Johns
7000 US Highway 1 North Unit 201
St. Augustine, FL 32095

Fleming Island / Orange Park
1845 Town Center Blvd Suite 110E
Fleming Island, FL 32003

Starke – Murray Ford Location
13447 US-301, Starke, FL 32091, USA

Palm Coast / Flagler
1 Hargrove Grade Bldg A Suite 1H
Palm Coast, FL 32137

Daytona Beach / New Smyrna
2400 S Ridgewood Ave Ste 16C
Daytona Beach, FL 32214

Ormond Beach / Holly Hill
100-110 East Granada Blvd Suite 207C
Ormond Beach, FL 32176

Gainesville / Lake City
3921 NW 97th Blvd Suite 201
Gainesville, FL 32606

Lake Mary / Sanford / Orlando
3256 W Lake Mary Blvd Suite 1100-105
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Tampa / Wesley Chapel
17401 Commerce Park Blvd., Suite 103
Tampa, FL 33647

Bradenton / Sarasota
339 6th Ave, Suite 33
Bradenton, FL 34205

St. Petersburg / Clearwater
6479 102nd Ave N
Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Ocala / The Villages
1515 E Silver Springs Blvd Unit 141
Ocala, FL 34470

Dr Phillips / SW Orlando
7600 Dr Phillips Blvd BAY 158 Suite 3
Orlando FL 32819