How Rosie got her Driver's Licence
1 September 2021
Meet our latest candidate who has just gained her driver’s licence!
Rosie has Achondroplasia which, in part, means she has short upper and lower limbs and is consequently unable to reach the pedals in a standard vehicle.
She is attending TAFE and studying Auslan, having left school to embark on the next chapter of study and work opportunities. Like all friends of a similar age, learning to drive was one of her goals as soon as she turned 16 in 2020!
We first met Rosie in January 2020, when she was beginning the journey of learning to drive. It was identified that she would require pedal extensions to reach the brake and accelerator. Rosie also required custom cushions to be positioned comfortably in the driver’s seat.
For anyone learning to drive with vehicle modifications, there is greater reliance on a driving instructor with correct equipment. Unfortunately, another roadblock resulted as there are no instructors in Western Australia equipped with the necessary pedal extensions for short-statured individuals.
This meant we had to go with plan B which was to modify her own vehicle. As it turned out, this was the best plan after all and would provide several benefits, allowing Rosie to conduct lessons with both the driving instructor and family and immediately commence driving independently, without risking a decline in capacity or confidence after gaining her licence.
Her vehicle was modified by Freedom Motors Australia in October 2020. Funding for the vehicle modification was provided by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Rosie was supported by Indigo staff, driving instructor Jenny and driver-trained Occupational Therapist Andrew , to administer and supervise training from November 2020 to July 2021.
Rosie was also very well supported by her mother, Chris, during many hours of driving in both day and night. The team that formed was really something special, all working together towards the same goal of getting Rosie into a modified vehicle and taught to a good standard.
Rosie passed her Department of Transport practical driving assessment at Mirrabooka on the first attempt in July 2021. We are all so proud of her and the outcome achieved!
Rosie's mum Chris said,
"Rosie and I have been so impressed and grateful with the superb support from Andrew, Jenny and the rest of the Indigo team. Their professionalism, friendliness and effort facilitated a smooth learning journey and kept Rosie focused, comfortable and learning excellent skills. We cannot recommend Indigo’s services highly enough!"
We can’t thank Rosie and Chris enough for the opportunity to work with them. Seeing Rosie get behind the wheel has brought the whole driving team at Indigo so much joy. We wish Rosie the best with her ensuing endeavours and hope to cross paths again in the future!