Getting a driving license means a lot to a person. It is an achievement that implies independence and to someone who is disabled the feeling is even sweeter because it takes so much to get it.
DVSA wants anyone and everyone who is capable of becoming a driver to have a chance of passing their driving tests. Regardless of the type of disability that you have, if you prove that you are interested in driving you will get assisted all the way from learning, theory booking, doing the actual test all the way to doing the practical test
The driving theory test is mostly about learning and knowledge. Not only people who have communication challenges or learning disabilities receive assistance from DVSA. Even those who have physical disability get accommodated. This is done so by making sure that access to the test centers is possible for those facing mobility problems. Equipment that helps in operating a computer easily is also provided. The equipment includes things like foot pedals and adapted mice.
Before you do the theory test, you must learn about the questions you are likely to encounter. You have to learn the content in various materials that the test is based on. The materials are published in a manner that can help people with challenges to understand easily. For instance there are DVDs, IPhone apps with voice over features that can read to you, eBook with word-wise and voiceover too which explain difficult terms. There are also books with so many diagrams to explain the words.
Also, there are various ways of presenting the driving theory test in order to help people facing communication challenge and learning disabilities pass. After you have learnt all that is required and you are now ready to do the test you should book the test. Booking must be done early enough to allow the center to have enough time to set up your accommodation.
The various arrangements that can be made for someone with a special need upon booking include a reader, a recorder, reader recorder, extra time and a private environment. A reader is a staff member at the test center who will read for you everything on the test. A recorder is a staff at the test center will record your answers for the test. A reader recorder does both reading and recording and extra time will be allowed as per your disability.
There is also oral language modification (OLM) for those who have major difficulties in understanding. Here a specially qualified individual rewords the test questions to make them simple to understand. And if you have difficulties in both language comprehension and hearing, arrangements can be made to have both a BSL signer and an OLM specialist to assist you.
Everyone is different no matter if they are disabled or not. It is necessary for DVSA to talk to a representative of the person with disability in order to understand that person better. You may also be required to present proof of your disability from a teacher or a doctor.