Graduate project

A survey of driver's education, training, and licensing of hearing-impaired students attending C.S.U.N.

This paper discusses some of the factors associated with providing driver's education, training, and licensing to hearing-impaired students enrolled in our nation's educational system. The role that federal, state, and local agencies have in the area of the hearing-impaired driver is expanding due to more emphasis on the handicapped and their legal rights. In addition to these agencies, and more directly influencing the actual process of education and training of the hearing-impaired student, is the educational system. The educational system faces a tremendous responsibility in meeting the challenge of providing driver's education and training to hearing-impaired students. Of extreme importance are the benefits that driver's education and training have for the individual and society. Recognition of the hearing-impaired person's right to drive is of major significance. The hearing-impaired individual depends upon the automobile for most of his daily existence, communication, and mobility needs probably more than anyone in our society. A questionnaire was developed and distributed to determine the nature, extent, and quality of driver's education and training received in high school by students attending CSUN. Results revealed that most students are being offered driver's education, with most students taking the course. The students are not necessarily being offered uniform programs; differences were found in the areas of in-car and in-class instruction, use of textbooks and captioned films during in-class instruction, type of equipment offered in the car used for in-car instruction, and procedures and requirements of schools and states in issuing learner's permits and driver's licenses to students.