Disability Trust support can drive success


CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: Kayla proudly displays her red Ps after passing her test

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: Kayla proudly displays her red Ps after passing her test

Kayla attends The Disability Trust's School Leaver Employment Support program in Goulburn and one of her biggest life goals was to gain her red provisional license.

Kayla had been working towards this particular goal for over a year and in February - with the help of The Disability Trust - she was finally able to tick this off her bucket list.

"I had lots of support and encouragement from the staff at The Disability Trust when I was practising my online study and quizzes and to build up the required amount of hours to sit for my driving test," Kayla said.

Kayla passed the test in February of this year.

"I am very proud of myself as I have achieved a big life goal and now have lots of confidence in my driving skills, and now that I have my license I feel I have more freedom and opportunities as I can drive myself to the places I need to go," she said.

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Sebastian also wanted to get his driver's licence. He is very determined and does not recognise his disability as a barrier.

To Sebastian's mum, Tracey, the thought of him getting his licence was a terrifying thought. The responsibility and level of independence required to drive was also of concern.

Meanwhile Seb was studying the online test with support from The Disability Trust, and his confidence was growing. He is currently undertaking regular lessons with his instructor and Tracey reports Seb is doing well.

Since the implementation of the NDIS, The Disability Trust has seen an increased need for tailored driving lessons for people living with disability. Disability Trust manager Shaun Travis said inclusive driving schools utilise a number of techniques with their clients, including breaking down skills into small steps, and an increased focus on awareness.

"One technique is called commentary driving, where the learner dictates what they are seeing," he said.

"This helps to maintain the drivers focus on the task, and limits distractions."

In some cases driving instructors will work alongside occupational therapists who specialise in driver training. They then deliver an off-road assessment with the prospective driver, usually performed on a tablet.

The next step is an on-road assessment, where the occupational therapist will accompany the instructor and the learner. Their recommendations are then taken into account.

For more information about the specialised support The Disability Trust can offer call 1300 347 224.