Drivers with a disability or difficulty with driving, who require special adaptations to their vehicle, may find it difficult to get driving lessons from a highly professional and legally recognised driving instructor. Our experienced professional driving instructors provide lessons to drivers with a diverse range of conditions and or disabilities. The service is aimed at people who wish to learn to drive, prepare for the driving test and for people who are returning to driving.
All especially dedicated vehicles are automatic and are fitted with adaptations to enable people with disabilities to drive safely on the road. This service is open to anyone with a physical disability and is not confined to wheelchair users.
Physical disabilities refers to a broad range of impairments.
A physical disability may be either congenital (from birth) or acquired (as a result of accident/injury). Some examples include muscular dystrophy, amputation, spinal injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, monoplegia, arthritis etc.
Where previously a physical disability prevented one from driving, today’s advances in assistive technology (adaptations) have provided opportunities for most people with physical disabilities, or mobility difficulties the opportunity to begin learning to driving.
Learning to drive can give you so much independence.
Often it can be difficult to find automatic driving lessons but it is far more difficult to find a driving school with an automatic car which has been adapted to suit people with disabilities.
This service is open to anyone with physical disabilities or learning difficulties or learning difficulties and is not just confined to wheelchair users.
For anyone with a disability looking to learn to drive, a driving assessment may be recommended to establish what the most suitable options are. It may also be required to decide what kind of adaptive driving equipment and vehicle are best suited to the learner's requirements, in order to drive in safety and comfort.
The Irish school of Motoring uses and adapted vehicle with automatic transmission. We offer driving lessons to anyone with a physical disability and is not confined to wheelchair users.
In addition to standard hours of tuition, the Irish School Of Motoring provides instruction through a unique intensive residential course at our Finglas centre.
These courses are for those wishing to return to or continue driving following an illness/disability and wish to learn a new technique of driving using adaptive driving equipment and /or automatic transmission. For anyone keen to return to driving and restore confidence following a road traffic accident can benefit enormously from ISM's driver a rehabilitation course.
So, if you wish to learn to drive or simply return to driving, please telephone the Irish School Of Motoring on 01 8641790 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Driver Refresher Courses
The older driver refresher programme is designed for the older person who has not driven for a period of time and wishes to restore confidence, for those who wish to expand on their own driving routes, or wish to increase their driving skills to meet the demands of today’s modern infrastructure.
These courses may also be recommended/requested to provide a driver with a driving plan that makes recommendations on suitable routes and a strategic plan tailored to specific needs. Many would argue that these courses should be obligatory for all drivers in this day of increasing traffic volumes, speeds, and changing network of roadways.
Financial Assistance For The Cost Of Driving Lessons
In certain cases, for People with Disabilities requiring a course of driving tuition there may be a discretionary payment providing financial assistance towards the cost of driving lessons. To apply contact your local Health Service Executive Disability Guidance Office.
Discretionary Association Member Grants
Discretionary grant payment towards the cost of driving tuition or the purchase of a vehicle for a Driver with a disability may be available from an association, society, support group etc. where one is a subscribed member. Contact any association or group you are a member of to find out more.
Disclaimer: The above information is subject to change by the relevant authority or service provider and is assessed on a case-by-case basis.