Althoughmost of the persons living with disabilities prefer being driven,there are some who can acquire the driving skills and move themselvesfrom one place to another. Driving is one of the practices thatcreate the sense of independence among the disabled persons (Yuri &Greguol, 2013). The process of training a disabled person how todrive should follow the steps below
Acquireadaptive equipment: This is the first step that involves ensuringthat the disabled persons have the adaptive equipment that they needin order to drive safely and effectively. The type of equipmentdepends on kind of disability.
Ensurethat the car is customized to suit the learner’s abilities: Thevehicles should have all the features that the learner needs in orderto be able to drive safely, irrespective of the disability. Forexample, the vehicle should be fitted with automatic transmission,spinner knob steering, or rock hand control for different operations(such as brake pedals and gas) depending on the type of disability.
Conducta verbal and behind the wheel assessment: At this stage, theinstructor should show different parts of the vehicle to the learner.In addition, the instructor should educate the student about the roadsigns and rules.
Driveout loud: The instructor should then drive the car as the disabledlearner sits as a passage, watching carefully. The instructor shoulddrive, while explaining everything to the learner.
Givethe learner a chance to drive: Instructor should then allow thelearner to drive under strict observation. The instructor should keepon correcting the learner for any slight mistake.
Selectingan appropriate vehicle
Theprocess of selecting a vehicle for a disabled client should takeaccount of the specific feature required for adaptive driving(Dicianno & Cooper, 2010). Some of the key steps should includethe following
Adaptivefeatures: Check whether the vehicle has all the features that areappropriate to the specific needs of the client. This may require thehelp of a therapist or a psychologist.
Operatingspecifications: These include the efficiency and fuel consumptions.
Cost:Determine the financial capacity of the client and select anaffordable vehicle.
Inconclusion, disabled persons can drive if they are given anappropriate training. Similar to other people, individuals livingwith physical limitations have the right and the ability to own anddrive vehicles.
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