Regaining independence after a brain injury
At age 17, I had a provisional licence for approximately two months when I had a very bad car accident. I had a stroke which resulted in a head on collision and I was airlifted to Westmead Hospital where I remained for seven months. Due to where I was living, my care was handed over to Royal Rehab when I came home from hospital eight years ago.
Ever since my release from hospital I wanted to get my driving licence but it was not easy or straight forward. I didn’t want to become part of the statistic where I had another crash after I got my licence back. So I waited for the right time to participate in the Driving Assessment Program.
My experience in the program was amazing, it was much better than I expected. The process was very smooth and it was great talking to Paul and the whole experience was very enjoyable. I had my Occupational Therapist assessment, there needed to be some minor modification which was a spinner knob for the indicator and I now drive an automatic car. After two or three lessons I became accustomed to the modification and was confident with handling the car.
Returning to driving is amazing as it means I no longer have to rely on my parents to drive me everywhere. I won’t be driving very long distances but it means my return to an independent life. The closest train station is about 30 minutes drive and it means I can drive to the station. I mainly work from home but being able to drive will open up more opportunities for me.