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At Driver Training Inc. we know how much getting your driving license means to you. It’s an achievement that means ‘independence!’, ‘freedom!’ and ‘whoop! I’ve done it!’ To someone with a disability, getting your license is all of these things too, but it’s often even sweeter because it can be a hard-won thing.

Driver Training Inc. would like to share what we do for people who need additional help to learn the driving test and to sit for the knowledge test. We call this help an ‘accommodation’.

We want you to succeed

At DTI, we want to give everyone who’s capable of being a safe and responsible driver the opportunity to pass their driving tests – both classroom and in-car. Regardless of your disability, if you can show us that you know your stuff when it comes to driving, we’re more than happy for you to take to the road.

Physical disability

The knowledge test is mainly about knowledge and learning, so you might think we only provide help for people with learning disabilities or communication challenges. But we also make accommodations for people with physical disabilities.

As well as making sure that access to Virginia test centers is as easy as possible for people who have mobility problems, we can provide equipment to make operation easier.

Learning your stuff

Before you sit your knowledge test, you have to learn the stuff you’re going to be asked about. That goes without saying. You’ll need to get hold of, and learn the contents of, the Virginia driving manual the knowledge test questions are based on.

This the Manual:

Virginia Drivers Manual:

You’ll also need something to help you practice answering questions:

The questions are very much like the ones you’ll be asked in the actual test, and they cover exactly the same subjects, but they’re worded differently. This is so you can’t pass the test by just remembering the questions and answers – you have to understand what they’re about!

Taking the knowledge testSo, you’ve done all your learning and now you’re ready to take your knowledge test. Please bear in mind that it may take time to put your accommodation in place, so it’s best to tell us what you’ll need when you take the class. We’ll do our very best to provide what you need, but it’s not always possible.

Contact us at joy@virginiadrivertraining.com if you’d like to tell us about your needs in the knowledge test.

For people with hearing difficulties, contact us through this address and we’ll make the arrangements you need for a signer.

Everyone’s different

We understand that no two candidates are exactly alike, disability or no disability, so we encourage you to call us. If we get the chance to talk to you, or your representative, about exactly what you need, we’re much more likely to get it right. We may ask for some evidence of the disability – from someone like a doctor or a teacher – but we’ll do our very best to help.

Get in touch

That’s a lot of info for a blog post, but I hope it’s helpful. You may have ideas about how we can give more help when providing the learning materials or carrying out the knowledge test for people with disabilities. We’d welcome those ideas, so please get in touch.

Or, if you need some advice on which learning materials would be best for you, call our office 276-644-1845.