From January 2012, learner drivers will no longer have access to the official theory test questions used in the theory exam. At present, pupils can revise questions before the test, but as from the above date only ‘practice’ questions will be available.
Many pupils with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) will have difficulties passing the theory test under these conditions unless extra support is laid on for them. This is because they need the meaning of the questions explained to them prior to test, so they know what the questions ask of them. Without this support, only a few will be able to pass.
The DSA, as a result of the campaigning by Excel Academy, has agreed to have the exam questions checked in advance of January 2012 to bring them in line with the communication needs of a candidate with an ASC. This would not have been possible with your help, and all credit is due to you for backing Excel Academy’s campaign.
What Julia Malkin has achieved, as one of the UK’s most highly qualified and decorated driving instructors, is proof of what a person with autism and Asperger syndrome can do. The DSA has now come to appreciate this fact.
‘Thanks for all who have backed Excel Academy’s campaign and signed the petition! Thanks to you pupils with autism have a chance to drive!’
– Julia Malkin MBE, September 2011
Together we have ensured that pupils with an ASC can continue to have the right to drive and pass the tests!! Well done everyone!!