|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Reading Disability and Driver's Test

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: My 16-year-old wants to get his temporary driver's permit, but he has a reading disability. He has studied the driver's book and is ready to take the test, which consists of 20 questions and 20 signs. However, most things have to be read to him and then scribed. I know I'm setting him up for failure if he takes the test without these accommodations. What can I do to help him?

A: You should be able to request modifications in the exam administration for someone with a documented learning disability. I know that in New York, for example, a license applicant who has a learning disability may request to take the written test orally, in English, for a non-commercial license. A DMV representative will read the test to the license applicant. Some DMV offices require an appointment for an oral test, so you should definitely contact someone at the office directly to find out how to arrange accommodations for your son.

More on: Expert Advice

For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

highlights

Top 10 Sweet 16 Birthday Gifts
Your daughter's sweet 16 is a big milestone in her life. Celebrate this special occasion with one of these top gifts for girls turning 16.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Printable Lists of the Top 100 Baby Names
Need help with baby name ideas? Use our printable list of the top 100 girl names and top 100 boy names of 2015 to help you brainstorm and narrow down your favorites.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks