I Can! Drive (Teen Driver Education - ages 15-17 only)

  • Check-in: Sunday, June 9: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Check-out: Wednesday, July 3: noon


    Program Description:


    A four-week driver education program to earn a Texas Learner’s Permit. Teen Driver Education (TDE) is previously referred as Driver Safety Education (DSE).

    This 100% communication accessible I Can! Drive program with certified driving instructors using American Sign Language, includes 32 hours of classroom instruction, plus 14 hours behind-the-wheel and in-car observation, along with some fun field trips to local attractions.

    Interpreters are provided for participants preferring oral instruction or other modes of communication.

    Participants will also learn proper automobile and tire maintenance, the availability of alternative transportation methods, and how to plan trips using public transportation.

    In order to obtain a Texas Learner’s Permit, participants must:

    • Attend all four weeks of instruction to complete all course hours;
    • Pass a written exam, and
    • Pass a vision screening at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

    Note:

    • A Texas Learner’s Permit allows new drivers to legally practice driving with a licensed adult in the passenger seat.
    • Participation in the TDE course does not guarantee that each participant will pass the required tests to receive their Learner’s Permit.
    • There will be no refunds, and neither the Educational Resource Center on Deafness or Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) is responsible for participants who do not pass the required tests.
    • After successfully completing the TDE course at TSD, participants will then be required to complete an additional 30 hours of driving time, supervised by a licensed adult who is 21 years old, or older. (This 30 hours of practicum must be completed separately from the TDE course on one’s own time, and is not included during the four-week program.)
      • Your 30 hours of driving time may be completed in one hour increments, once each day, for a total of 20 daytime driving hours + 10 hours of driving after dark.

    Pre-requisites:

    • Participants must bring with them:
      • A current vision exam, and
      • Any prescribed glasses or contacts for the vision screening at the Texas DPS.

    All participants are assumed to be staying the night on campus during the duration of the program unless we are notified otherwise during the registration period. The legal guardian will be responsible for dropping off and picking up participants at 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

    Program Fee:

    $848 per participant. Financial Aid available, first come first serve.

    What to bring? (coming soon) 

    We have a few slots left in this program.  Please contact Rachella Moore at rachella.moore@tsd.state.tx.us for information about how to register for this program.