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Congenital Disorders & Driving

Congenital disorders can have an impact on a person’s ability to drive. They include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, arthrogryposis to name but a few.

The independence that driving provides can contribute to a person’s mobility and quality of life.

Physical congenital disorders can affect a person’s strength and mobility to drive a car in safety and comfort. Advances in automobile technology, and vehicle adaptations provide suitable options for people with reduced mobility and strength.

Some congenital disorders can have a neurological impact. Attention, concentration, judgment of space, comprehension, problem solving, reaction time, and multitasking can be affected when there is a cognitive difficulty.

For anyone with a medical condition that may affect their ability to drive safely, contact your GP and comply with the Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines. View/Download RSA ‘Sláinte agus Tiomáint’ >>(PDF format).

A driving assessment may also be recommended. An assessment can include recommendations regarding driving and advice on suitable adaptations, if necessary. For more information see Driver Assessment.

To begin learning to drive, you must hold a learner permit. To apply for your learner permit, Visit RSA Learner-Drivers >>. Once you have acquired your learner permit, you may then begin driving lessons. For more information see Driving Courses.

A tailored driving course may be suitable for anyone with a congenital disorder which includes a cognitive component. An evaluation is completed to establish a persons functional level and also helps to identify the person’s strengths and weaknesses. 
Having developed this baseline, a specific structured training programme is put in place. This will include regular reviews to re-evaluate the learning style and teaching techniques which enable the driver to acquire a confident, competent driving standard. For more information see Driving Courses.


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