Getting on the road is the pinnacle of independence for most young people, and for Reach teenagers, this takes a bit more organising, but is just as exciting.
Do leave plenty of time to organise yourself. Apply for your provisional licence and investigate driving instructors and adaptations to suit you well in advance if you wish to be on the road, don’t wait until you want to start your lessons! Apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a provisional licence and once you have this and are 17 you can start learning.
Finding a driving instructor who has experience of your limb difference will take some effort, but your local Mobility Centre should be able to help and guide you.
RICA have some useful resources that can help people who might have more complex driving issues and we suggest that everyone makes contact with their Mobility Centre.
Some Reach members have been awarded a Bursary to help them pay for their car adaptions, if you would like to apply, download the form here.
Disabled Motoring UK is the charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge Holders.
In Ireland your starting point is Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland.