WTC’s certified driving instructors and occupational therapists evaluate individuals with disabilities to determine their ability to drive motor vehicles.
WTC offers driver’s education in two formats. Format 1 is designed for DORS consumers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Format 2 is designed for all DORS consumers not on the Spectrum. Consumers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, attending this class, will be provided with interpreting services. The WTC Driver’s Education class uses the same 30-hour, MVA approved Driver’s Education Curriculum, that the commercial driving schools use. This includes the 6-hours Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training, which occurs after successful completion of the 30-hour class. Students can attend the 30-hour class with or without a Learner's Permit, however a Learner’s Permit is needed in order to complete the 6-hours BTW training. The WTC provides two to three additional class sessions compared to commercial driving schools. These additional sessions allow the instructor and students more time to present and understand the material and also to repeat quizzes and tests as necessary.
WTC staff determine what adaptive equipment individuals with disabilities will need to get a driver’s license and then provide training on how to use the adaptive equipment.
WTC’s state-licensed evaluators determine what adaptive equipment and other modifications a vehicle needs to allow individuals with disabilities to enter, exit and safely operate it. Modifications are for vehicles owned (not leased) by the DORS consumer or his or her family.
Contact your DORS Counselor or your local DORS office for more information.
2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
410-554-9442 | 888-554-0334 | 443-798-2840 VP
The Vocational Rehabilitation program receives 78.7% of its funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For Federal fiscal year 2019, the total amount of grant funds awarded were $47,197,460. The remaining 21.3% of the costs ($12,773,900) were funded by State appropriations.