Driving for People with Disabilities


Adaptive Driving Equipment

Many people with disabilities can drive using adaptive driving equipment. Consumers should do their research before buying by making comparisons, reviewing all options, and testing the equipment. Some auto manufacturers offer rebates for vehicle modifications. The TTY number for all contacts is 711, unless otherwise noted.

Resources

Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
Offers low-interest loans to purchase vehicles and adaptive driving equipment.
www.atlfa.org/
1-866-835-5976 

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association
Provides information and resources for purchasing adaptive driving equipment.
www.nmeda.com
1-866-948-8341 

Virginia Assistive Technology System
Gives information and referrals on adaptive driving products, funding options, and resources.
www.vats.org
1-800-435-8490

Adaptive Driver Evaluation/Training

Adaptive driver evaluations and training can be provided as part of a rehabilitation program and should be conducted by a qualified driver rehabilitation specialist. It should include a clinical evaluation to determine the prospective driver’s physical, visual/perceptual, and cognitive abilities. A seating assessment should be conducted for people who use mobility devices.

Resources

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
State-certified program offering driver evaluations, adaptive driving equipment assessments, and driver training.
wwrc.virginia.gov/DrivingServices.htm
1-800-345-9972, Ext. 7117; TTY 800-811-7893

Pumping Gas

Self-serve gas stations must pump gas at the same price as self-serve gas for customers with disabilities.  If the gas station is self-service only and operating with one attendant, the attendant is encouraged to pump the gas, but not required.  The gas station must also display signage that instructs customers of how they can ask for assistance, such as by honking their horns.

Drivers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may obtain a driver's license indicator at your local DMV office that is placed on the driver's license in order to identify the disability to law enforcement personnel.  The card can be used to notify people that you cannot hear, and thus can prevent a misunderstanding when interacting with police during a traffic stop, or at the scene of an accident or crime.

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Drivers with disabilities can request special assistance or accommodations from their local DMV, including assistance with transactions, help with paperwork, and testing.

Virginia driver's license applicants may request that one or more medical indicators be placed on their license. Applicants must present a signed statement from a licensed physician, confirming the applicant's condition. Medical indicator codes appear on the front of a driver’s license under the word “restrictions” to identify the disability to law enforcement.

Virginia DMV
www.dmv.state.va.us
1-804-497-7100; TTY 1-800-272-9268


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