Having a disability or medical conditions does not mean you cannot take to the roads and obtain a driving licence.
When applying for a licence you must be truthful with your answers when informing the DVLA of your condition. Conditions such as epilepsy, strokes, mental health issues, physical disabilities and visual impairments are all notifiable medical conditions.
However, it’s equally as important to keep the DVLA updated to any changes to your health or any impairment that may affect your driving once you are a full licence holder.
It can be very daunting when you are thinking of learning to drive and looking for somebody to teach you especially when you may require specially adapted lesson plans or a specially adapted vehicle. However, there are courses for instructors that enable them to acquire the skills needed to make learning to drive for those that require an adapted car a more pleasurable learning experience.
Ellie Simmonds, Britain’s youngest Paralympics gold medallist has recently taken up learning to drive after finding herself on the road a lot of the time travelling between her training base and visiting family. She has a specially adapted car and is hoping to pass her test before the London games.
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