NDIS has provided funding to allow those with Special Needs to have driving lessons. Being able to drive a motor car gives one a far greater independence.
Learning to drive a car improves ones physical strength but also improves ones mental and planning skills.
The average learner takes 5 lessons to learn the basic skills in driving a car. It may take a person 20 – 30 lessons to develop that same level of skill and confidence. Both Learner and Driving Instructor must be committed to slow, forward progress.
A Drivers Test is conducted by an Occupational Therapist, who has the training and skills to determine if that person has the necessary physical and mental skills to be awarded a Victorian Drivers Licence.
VicRoads actually issues the Licence, but issues it in relation to the OT’s recommendation.