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Posted by Sara on July 23, 2000 at 18:11:02:

In Reply to: Can my teenager with mild CP learn to drive safely? posted by Sheryl on July 13, 2000 at 21:39:02:

i took driver's ed as a younginn (14 and 9 months, the youngest you can possibly be in michigan)...but it was the summer after my freshman year of high school, so my parents thought i could handle it. it was really hard for me, but mostly because i had never driven EVER in my life before, and you know, lots of parents take their kids out illegally before drivers ed.
anyway, the instructor didn't realize this, because those kind of people are blind to the fact that people take kids out on the road (god forbid they break a rule!)...well he chalked my inability to drive to the fact that i have cerebral palsy, even though i seem to be pretty able to do everything else. (but i gotta tell you though, i think that driving may have to do with a part of the brain that's affected by cp, cuz there were many inopportune times when i forgot which one was the brake and which one was the accelerator). anyway, since in mi at least you only need 6 hours driving to pass the course but you also need a driving test, after the six hours my teacher warned me that i'll probably fail.
what i did after that, and what my advice to you is, i had a week till the test so my mom took me out driving. i also got the map of the test from the instructor (they'll usually give that out) and we drove that twice a day. and even though i might've not been able to drive in general, i could maneuver that course like nobody's business:) i passed the course, and i drove for another year and a half before driving for my liscence. so it takes a little extra patience, but he'll probably get it... just need to do some illegal stuff on his behalf:) just make sure to start on deserted roads, at like 7am. that way, there won't be much there for him to hit:)
with love, Sara

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