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Disabilities have hindered many individuals from pursuing what they want or doing the things that they want to do over the years.  It was as if society dictates what they can and cannot do regardless of their strength and capabilities.

One of the most debated issues is the controversy over allowing deaf people to operate a motor vehicle, particularly cars. There are some individuals who are uncomfortable over deaf people learning how to drive.  They think that it is not safe to drive for people who are hearing impaired.

Teaching a deaf person how to drive is no easy task. The biggest obstacle is that few driving instructors are equipped to teach deaf people how to drive. And because of this, they (deaf people) need to rely on friends and family to do the teaching since they can communicate with them easily. But the problem with this is that not everyone can be good teachers or has the capability of teaching someone – driving especially.

Deaf people are taught the same way as a hearing individual is taught. The difference lies in the method. Since they are hearing-impaired, they learn how to drive by means of visual learning. It’s not necessary to use sign language when teaching but the instructor should know how to communicate effectively. Teaching deaf people how to drive requires hand motions, visual aids and eye contact. For instructors to convey or teach how to use functions like gears, accelerate, stop and steer, they use visual aids to demonstrate how to properly use these. They also use hand signals to indicate directions and how much pressure should be applied when using these functions. In teaching car controls, the instructor would tap his limbs to convey which limb is used for a specific control. Eye contact teaches the deaf driving student where he or she should be looking and paying attention.

It is surprising to know that hearing-impaired drivers are not considered to be high-risk when it comes to insurance. They get the same benefits or coverage like normal, hearing drivers. They do not even need special equipment to be able to drive. They are bound by the same rules and law as the rest of the driving community. For what’s it worth, they sometimes come out better drivers since they drive more carefully. You wouldn’t be able to tell if the driver is deaf until he communicates using sign language. Some even carry a card that states he or she is hearing-impaired in the event that a police will stop them.

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