Setting individuals with disabilities on the road to independence.
Learning to drive is an important stride toward independence. For people with limited mobility, especially those living in regions that lack efficient public transportation, it greatly reduces the need to depend on others to get around and improves the outlook for employment opportunities and community involvement.
Recognizing the need to make comprehensive adapted driver education a bigger priority in the New York metropolitan area, State Farm is collaborating with The Viscardi Center to put more teens and adults with varied disabilities in the driver’s seat. For over 45 years, Viscardi’s Adapted Driver Education program has provided thousands of individuals with the keys to freedom through personalized evaluations and training in traditional or modified vehicles.
With one-on-one lessons from an experienced instructor and the completion of a road test, new or returning drivers have more control over their day-to-day lives, with easier access to work, health care services, and social activities. Thanks to support from State Farm, this translates to safer roadways, where people with disabilities — including those with newly acquired disabilities and the aging population — can operate their own vehicles and travel with confidence.