Driving Lessons for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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Welcome to Top class driving schools BSL/Deaf Aware page. The purpose of this page is to help the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community who wish to learn how to drive or improve their driving. 

 

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We are now Pleased to be able to offer Driving Lessons using BSL (British Sign Language) to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We are one of the only driving schools in the local area that specializes in teaching the profoundly deaf and hard of hearing to drive. Our Approved Driving Instructor Katie is fully trained in teaching the deaf and the hard of hearing to drive, and uses British Sign Language, Lip Pattern for lip reading and visual aids to help.

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Katie has now been teaching a little over 5 years and her main interests are her family, BSL, horse riding and football!  Katie said “I love my job and watching someone go from a complete novice in the car to passing the practical driving test it is the best feeling ever. I now want to be able to further my career and teach a range of people with and without disabilities.”

There is no reason why the hard of hearing or a profoundly deaf person cannot learn to drive, being deaf is not a disability in its self, it’s merely a communication barrier. Using a professional BSL driving instructor who has already overcome this barrier will make the communication between instructor and pupil much easier and this will be a definite advantage if you sign, using a good “Deaf Aware” driving instructor who is aware of your needs and requirements will prove invaluable.

Katie will plan each of your driving lessons to suit your individual needs and has developed a simple safe signs whilst driving technique to help you learn on the move. This means you will spend a lot more time driving and a lot less time parked next to the kerb.

At the start of your first lesson Katie will agree certain signs with you which she will use with you whilst on the move.

 At the Driving Test Centre

If you’re deaf or have a hearing impairment

The examiner will use written notes at the start of the test to explain what will happen. If you lip read, they’ll also look at you so you can lip read what they’re saying.

The examiner will usually give directions to you as hand signals. These will be explained to you before your test starts.

Using a sign language interpreter

You can take a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter with you. They must be at least 16 years old.

Your driving instructor can be your interpreter.

We would be happy offer any help and advice to anyone who is interested in Deaf Driver related issues.

If you wish to contact us using e-mail please use tim.topclass@googlemail.com

For anyone wishing to contact us using SMS Txt Messaging, please send a Txt with your request to Tim Hunt on 07976797468.