SACID Reference Group speaks up about learning to drive
SACID Reference Group Meeting
about Driving Instructors – 11thFebruary 2020
We met with Mr. George Bluck and Mr. Andre Simmons.
George Bluck works for the Minister for Transport in South Australia.
Andre Simmons works for the Department of Transport in South Australia.
What we did in the meeting
We talked about:
· Understanding our rights when we learn to drive
· If we want to make a complaint
· How to make learning to drive better for people with an intellectual disability
Jon spoke about how a driving instructor had treated him.
The driving instructor had told Jon he would never learn to drive.
George said that driving instructors were not allowed to do this.
Warren said that he could not get his license again after it had expired.
George and Andre said if you do not have your license anymore:
· You can not just pay for a new one
· You need to get a learners permit
· You must pass the driving test again
Warren wanted cars you learn to drive in to have two sets of brakes and accelerators.
George and Andre said that all driving schools have this in the cars you learn to drive in.
George and Andre asked us to look at two booklets:
1. The Drivers Handbook 2. The Driving Companion
We looked at the booklets.
We like the pictures in the booklets.
We could not read the words in the booklets.
Jon showed George an Easy Read sheet of paper.
George liked the idea of Easy Read.
George asked Nick to tell him more about this.
George talked about Service SA.
Service SA is where:
· You get your learner plates
· You do a driving tests
· You get your P plates
George says Service SA already have help for people with disabilities.
George says it would be good to know if Service SA give good help.
We talked about inclusion training for driving instructors.
Andre said that there were driving schools that did training for people with disabilities.
Driving lessons for people with intellectual disability are good
Jon lives outside Adelaide.
Disability driving schools services may not do lessons outside Adelaide
The training may cost too much.
Nick said a factsheet for driving instructors could help.
The fact sheet would say:
· How learning to drive is important for people with intellectual disability
· Parts of training that could be hard
· Ways that they can help somebody with an intellectual disability learn to drive
· Where they could find out more
A driving instructor could have this in their office.
A person with an intellectual disability could give this to an instructor before a lesson.
What we will do now:
Warren will go to Service SA to try and get his license.
Warren will tell us how he goes with this.
Nick will send George more information about Easy Read.
Nick will give George an example of how the drivers handbook can be in Easy Read.
The SACID reference group will look at the Easy Read example.
The SACID reference group will decide if this should be sent to the Minister.
The SACID reference group will think of what they want in an information sheet for driving instructors on intellectual disability.
Nick will send this to the Minister for Transport.