Adults who don't drive?

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Em_Catz, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Loveslabs

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    Jun 15, 2014

    That is hilarious! Such a nice way to put it. Perhaps we need a new topic about the branches we would like to trim?
     
  2. bros

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    All of the family i've described is on my mom's side - my dad's side pretty much has nobody. Both grandparents on that side died before I was born, my dad's brother's family moved to north carolina without telling anyone (and sold the house my dad grew up in & threw out everything his parents kept of his), and my dad's sister is a recluse who has OCD and agoraphobia who lives in a NYC apartment
     
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    I didn't drive until I was 23. When I was 16, I had a medical condition that prevented me from driving (my doctor did not allow it). I used public transit extensively in my city up until that point anyway, so I just continued to use it, or walk, or bike. Depending on where I needed to go, those options were usually convenient, and I HATED getting rides (no dependable family/friends). Then I went off to college and lived within walking/biking distance of pretty much everything I needed. It wasn't until later in college that I bought a car (got the car before my license) because I just assumed I would need it for work. Usually I hate driving; at best, I don't mind it.
     
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    Trying to understand...your eye dr was shocked and your neurologist 'didn't report' you (was he required to do so? ). Was your plan to get a drivers license and drive or were you taking the lessons for another reason?
     
  5. TeacherNY

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    You know that quote you see on facebook all the time, "Some people are still alive only because I can't afford a hitman"...well, that pretty much sums it up LOL
     
  6. bros

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    My eye doctor was more surprised that I was attempting to drive, given my visual issues.

    In the state of New Jersey, a physician is supposed to report to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission if they have a patient that experiences convulsive seizures, periods of unconsciousness/impairment, or loss of coordination that still occurs despite treatment.

    My neurologist didn't report it because when I was driving, I was under the constant supervision of Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (Occupational Therapist) who had the ability to turn the car off at any time through the use of an engine shutoff switch & a brake on his side of the car.

    Our plan was pretty much to see if I could even drive - my parents wanted it more than I did - they wanted to know if I would be able to drive. I can't, now we know.

    DVR also wanted to know, as either way, they'd have to spend money - either modifying a car so I could drive it (a low effort steering wheel was considered if I were able to drive, as I would get tired about 45 minutes into a 60 minute lesson) or providing assistance in terms of getting transportation options.

    Ultimately, it led to DVR paying for 39 weeks of OT to see if that improved my motor skills/coordination/anything. The OT pretty much told me at the end of the 39 weeks that in his opinion, my school district failed me by ceasing OT when they did and it would be impossible to have any sort of progress without weekly OT sessions of an hour (He wanted to see me one hour 2-3 times a week, but my parents couldn't take that much time off of work) - and nobody covers maintenance treatment for a chronic condition.
     

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