Having one’s own transportation and being able to drive allows people to have more independence and more access to daily living tasks, community activities and employment. Just look around and you can see that having a car and driving is important to many people's daily lives. Some communities do not have public transportation. So one of the milestones in many people's lives may be learning to drive. With accommodations, many people with disabilities are able to drive.
Driver rehabilitation specialists teach people with disabilities to drive. To find a Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
near you, to go their website
. If you are a client of Vocational Rehabilitation, you can ask that it be part of your plan to learn to drive. If this is included in your plan, they can help pay for learning how to drive. Also K-Loan
provides funding options for assistive technology.
Passing the driving test is easy if you've practiced enough. This article on how to pass your driving test
has some excellent tips.
Driving is a big responsibility. The Los Angeles Safe Driving Guide for New Drivers
gives good information to remember while driving. Keep your focus on the road and what you are doing. If the phone rings or indicates you have a text message, ignore it until you can arrive at your destination and can park. Then give it your full attention. If the weather is bad or going to be bad, avoid driving. If you need to drive or you are caught in the rain while driving, follow the advice in the guide above. Keep your headlights on, follow the car ahead of you with more distance between you, slow down and use caution at intersections. This is a good guide to follow. Give it a look.
Also there was a study in Richmond, Virginia on teen drivers and distracted driving that caused accidents. The results are on their homepage
If you are ready to purchase a vehicle to accommodate your driving needs, there is a report by Hoveround
that helps you decide what you need. United Access
is a company that modifies vehicles to make them wheelchair accessible. Also Jay Hatfield Mobility
can help with installing adaptive driving controls. From time to time used lift equipped vans are available for sale at the centers for independent living
To find out how to get a disabled license plate or tag in Kansas, you must complete an application form, have it signed by your doctor certifying that you require the permit and then take it to your county clerk for the permit. To get a form you go to your county treasurer's office where people pay for their car tags and taxes.
Local transportation is critical for people with disabilities to have the freedom to travel where, when, and how they choose. If you do not own your own transportation and there is no bus or taxi service in your town or city, the Kansas United We Ride website has an interactive map
that helps you find public transportation near you. Also, check with your local center for independent living
(CIL) for help with finding transportation.
If you are interested in finding an wheelchair accessible vehicle for your use, contact United Access
. They modify vehicles to make them wheelchair accessible. Financial Assistance Options for Adaptive Driving
- a blog with resources listed from Disability.gov
National and International Transportation
Whether traveling by air, train, bus, or car, this section of Disability.gov
provides national resources on transportation providers, the rights of air travelers with disabilities, and paratransit and other accessible transportation options for travelers with disabilities.