I am 17 years old and will be 18 in June and I really, really would love to start learning to drive. The trouble is I will need a specially adapted car to do so and I am only on lowest rate DLA with no motability component. I started off on middle rate but since then it was stopped and after two appeals we managed to get lowest.
I have a lot of health issues and those most crucial to driving are that when I was three I had a virus similar to polio which left me with a neuropathy in my left arm- I have had one 7 1/2 hour muscle transfer on my shoulder when I was seven years old and a tendon transfer on my hand when I was 16 both done by prof Simon Kay in Leeds. The second issue that would affect me driving is that I have a weak left hip which I am currently having hydrotherapy and physio for.
As well as both of these I also have: type 1 diabetes (I am on an insulin pump for this), asthma (I'm on 2 inhalers at least twice a day) , a low MBL (meaning my immune system is extremely weak and I am on antibiotics three days a week for the rest of my life due to this), acid reflux (I'm on 7 1/2 tablets a day for this), glue ear, sleeping issues and depression (I'm on sleeping tables and antidepressants because of this), scoliosis.
And as of recently a fractured shoulder (but that's a whole different story).
I am under: Great Ormond Street, Bedford Hospital (various doctors), Leeds- General Infirmary, St James', Spire (all prof Simon Kay) and Counseling... none of my doctors want to let me g yet because I am such a complex person but with almost being 18 I now have to start the transition into adult services.
My Pediatrician who I have been under since I was one is extremely annoyed and angry that I am only on lowest rate after everything that I have wrong with me and with it only being around £20 a month it barely covers the parking fees at the hospitals let alone my mum's time and petrol especially as I'm the second of four kids which she has more than enough trouble with.
I am currently at college studying photography which is the one thing I love which can get me away from all of this. I also am working in a retail shop which I have currently been placed on sick leave due to my recently fractured shoulder for at least the next 3 weeks but while I am there I work extremely hard.
So my question to all of you is do you have any advice on learning to drive? Or applying for Motability?