A group of some of our visually impaired teenagers were given the opportunity to experience something that most of them are unlikely to be able to access in the future: driving!
The idea for the day originally started when one of the younger attendees of the driving group had said the main thing he was really sad about knowing he could never do, was drive a car.
The team looked into a solution, and discovered that ‘Startin’ Young’, who offer driving lessons for those under 17, also offer driving for those with a variety of sensory impairments and disabilities.
The driving opportunity was offered to some of our older pupils, from the age of 14 upwards, and was eagerly accepted by 7 students from across Worcestershire.
The day was arranged and attended by Linda Webb, Teacher of Visually Impaired children, along with the Mobility/Habilitation Officer, Fran Cowell. The driving took place at Throckmorton Airfield, Pershore, and was led by a group of qualified driving instructions. Students had an hour long session each, and were driving alongside other under 17 drivers.
According to the students they managed to reach speeds of 60 miles per hour on the long stretch of airfield, always with the instructor by their side of course! The temporary roundabout, made of old tyres, did take an occasional battering though. One of our visually impaired parents, who has never had the chance to drive a car, even managed to have a go behind the wheel. His instructor said he was a natural.
All the students had a brilliant time, some even said it was easier than they thought it would be!