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Use of Customized Vehicles for the physically challenged and Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in Driving Schools in W/Africa.

Driving Schools are operated without the provision of customized vehicles to teach the physically challenged adaptive driving by DRS/DDI.

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What problem does your idea solve?

Driving has a great impact on employment, self-esteem, and quality of life for adolescents, people with physical disabilities are not considered for driving programs in schools. Such exclusion forces them to seek alternative driving programs, which are costly. This idea intends to use customised vehicles to teach the physically challenged how to drive by trained DRS/ DDI in order to give them a sense of belonging and purpose. This will reduce the rate of unlicensed physically challenged drivers

Explain your idea

Individuals with disabilities encounter many barriers, which hinder their mobility and force them to depend on others for transportation. Paratransit divisions of public transportation are non existent in Nigeria and Ghana. Such factors foster dependence by limiting individuals with disabilities from participating in society and employment opportunities. The exclusion of customized vehicles in Driving Schools reigns supreme in western Africa, thereby constraining individuals capable of driving to be socially isolated. So in order to change this development, my idea tends to conduct physical examination, source for customised vehicles, acquire needed skills and resources to be used in driving schools to give the physically challenged also the knowledge of safe driving techniques. However, not everyone with a disability will be able to drive. For people that are able to, that choose to pursue licensure, the step is usually one that breaks barriers to inclusion, while opening doors to more control over one’s own life. Before an individual with disabilities uses a modified customized vehicle however, there is the task of learning how to operate the vehicle. In many ways, knowing the rules of the road is the same for a person with disabilities as it is for anyone else. There’s also a social plus for people with disabilities that learn to drive. They can attend events, socialize, and take part in hobbies, activities and interests without having to arrange for transportation.

Who benefits?

Transportation, for a person with a disability, is a major concern because when he or she can’t get from place to place, it tends to restrict him or her from participating in other life activities. Advances in technology have made private vehicle travel attainable, and even more preferable. More and more, individuals with a disability are able to modify their vehicles and obtain adaptive driver’s licensure to enhance independence. This will be beneficial to stakeholders, parents, relatives etc

How is your idea unique?

My idea is unique in the sense that it includes conducting a physical examination by a physician to determine if a person’s physical, cognitive, and psychological condition renders him or her prepared to operate a motor vehicle. Also prospective driver will consult our trained Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. When a vehicle is being outfitted, a driver rehabilitation specialist will take several evaluations to help determine what equipment would best suit an individual. The specialist will evaluate the following factors to determine a person’s level of driver readiness: muscle strength, weakness coordination, dexterity, flexibility, range of motion, vision, reaction time, decision-making skills, ability to use, understand adaptive equipment, psychological health. potential drivers will be mandated to bring any essential adaptive equipment e. g if a person uses a wheelchair; different chairs require different lifts. This is new in an environment where Driving Schools exclude PC.

Tell us more about you

A public servant working with Federal Road Safety Corps Abuja Nigeria. I am passionate about Road Safety Advocacy. I'm the founder of an NGO named International Society Against Reckless Driving (ISARD) (www.isardng.org). I hold a PGD (Food Science & Tech) & HND (Microbiology) certificates both at Upper Credit levels. My NGO Board Member Abdul Aleshinloye & i will be devoted to this idea. ISARD was conceived in year 2012 with serious modifications to be where it is now & in the process of reg.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

How to obtain several customized vehicles to suit different disability? Where to train standard Disability Driving Instructor and Driver Rehabilitation Specialist? Obtaining bandwidth and connectivity to the internet for efficiency. Solutions to address these challenges will need to be considered in the development of the program. Similarly, electricity and a constant power source will need careful consideration during the planning phase of the project. We will need to work closely with the Federal Road Safety Corps and the national broadcasting agency to create awareness and gain support.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Ghana
  • Nigeria

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are not registered but plan to in the future.

Idea Maturity

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it.

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Terhemba, real deep and good thinking that:

Use of Customized Vehicles for the physically challenged and Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in Driving Schools in W/Africa.

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Thanks