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Driving schools for persons with disabilities in South Africa

Persons with disabilities can live independently. As part of independent living, being able to get from Point A to Point B is also an important factor. Below are some of the driving schools around South Africa that can assist with this.

Gauteng Driving School Area Contact number(s) Adapted vehicle Website
Driving Ambitions – QASA Gauteng 031 767 0352/48  or 0860 ROLLING Yes http://qasa.co.za/driving-ambitions/
Disability Driving Academy Johannesburg 082 538 5229 Yes  
Thupelo Drving School Pretoria 012 771 7500 or 082 483 7229 Yes https://www.thupello.co.za/home
Protea Driving School Pretoria 012 328 5222 Yes https://www.proteadrivingschool.co.za/
Godfrey’s Advanced Driver’s Academy Johannesburg 011 985 0497 or 082 451 7897   http://www.gadacademy.co.za/
Professional Driving Academy of South Africa Pretoria 012 998 3910 or 082 683 9292 No http://www.prodrive.co.za/
Approved Driving Instruction Randburg 011 792 5353 or 082 977 5636 No http://adidrivingschool.co.za/
Northern Province HTM Polokwane 015 291 5557 or 083 256 1704 Yes https://www.htm.nl/english/
Eastern Cape Coega Driver Training Program Port Elizabeth 041 404 7300 No http://www.coega.co.za/Content3.aspx?objID=214
KwaZulu-Natal Driving Ambitions – QASA Durban 031 767 0352/48 or 0860 ROLLING Yes http://qasa.co.za/driving-ambitions/
Dees Driving School Durban 031 202 0202 or 082 44 6585 Yes http://www.deesdrivertraining.co.za/
Easy way Driving School North Coast 035 772 2829 or 072 235 0928 Yes http://www.easywayonline.co.za/
City Driving School Pietermaritzburg 083 778 0160 Yes  
Western Cape Quad Para Association Cape Town 021 975 6078 or 076 122 1263 Yes http://qasa.co.za/driving-ambitions/
He and She Driving School Cape Town 021 931 8214 No https://www.heandshedrivingschool.co.za/
Anton and Tanya Driving School Cape Town 021 976 9877 or 082 894 7182/3 Yes http://www.anton.tanya.co.za/
Mbumba Driving School Cape Town 083 344 1057 Yes  
Durbanville Driving School Cape Town 021 976 7900 or 072 185 9299 No http://durbanvilledrivingschool.co.za/
Cravenby Driving School Cape Town 021 932 2938 or 083 700 3395 No  
Automatic and Disability Driving Cape Town 074 68 5927 or 064 177 0929 Yes

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DeMYTHing the disability label further

In last week’s article we started speaking about the label debate of what persons with disabilities are called and what myths go along with these labels. To continue this series of articles further, this week we will look at persons with various disabilities that may find it difficult to communicate. We give easy guidance on what to do and what not to do.

These types of disabilities might be more common as many main stream schools might accept children with these disabilities. There might then be a need then to not only sensitise the staff but also fellow students, on how to communicate better with persons with these types of disabilities. Below we discuss some of the most common ones that can be a good guide to start with:

People with speech disabilities

A person who has had a stroke, is deaf, uses a voice prosthesis or has a stammer or other type of speech disability may be difficult to understand.

  • Do give the person your full attention.
  • Do repeat what they said if you are not sure you understood.
  • Do ask him/her to write down or suggest another way of facilitating communication.
  • Do use a quiet environment to make communication easier.
  • Do pay attention, be patient, and wait for the person to complete a word or thought.
  • Don’t be afraid to communicate with someone who uses pen and paper, an alphabet board or a computer that speaks.
  • Don’t tease or laugh at a person with a speech disability.
  • Don’t interrupt or finish the person’s sentences.

People with learning disabilities

Learning disabilities are lifelong disorders that interfere with a person’s ability to receive, express or process information.

  • Do give them verbal explanations and allow extra time for reading.
  • Do ask the person how you can best relay information.
  • Do keep communication simple.
  • Do allow the person time to tell or show you what he or she wants.
  • Do give extra time for the person to process what you are saying and to respond.  Look for signs of stress and/or confusion.
  • Don’t be surprised if you tell someone very simple instructions and he requests that you write them down.

People with autism

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects a person’s social and communication skills.

  • Do be patient and understanding.
  • Do keep in mind that they may seem anxious or insecure due to living in a world that misunderstands them.
  • Do keep in mind that everyone is different. These issues will vary from person to person.
  • Don’t get offended by people with autism asking a lot of questions. 
  • Don’t get offended by their communication style which could be frank, honest and matter of fact.
  • Don’t expect eye contact.
  • Don’t speak down to them.
  • Don’t talk too loudly or yell at them.
  • Don’t touch them without warning.
  • Don’t assume that they lack empathy or emotion.

Remember to keep an eye out for more of these articles all form part of a series in preparation of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December

Sources:

https://www.unitedspinal.org

http://ability360.org

https://www.uua.org

https://autismum.com