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Dyscalculia and driving

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I am 19 and I'm dyscalculic.
I have extreme problems dealing with numbers, times and money. I have the mathematical ability of a 12 year old and I cannot judge distances at all. I confuse left and right regularly and cannot be left to deal with any money-issues myself because I just don't understand how to deal with the numbers.

I was just wondering if anyone else here is dyscalculic?
Is there anyone who is dyscalculic and drives? I'm worried that I won't be allowed to drive because of this and i'm getting a bit stressed.
Thanks.
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replied December 25th, 2008
Don't know where you live in the world. But I've never ever heard of dyslexic people not being allowed to drive, so I really can't imagine that dyscalculics should have a prohibition.
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replied March 23rd, 2009
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it took me forever to grasp the concept of driving... and even now 3 years later highways are still really difficult... im 26 now. so do the math i got my first car at 23.. they attempted to teach me to drive several times but it wasn't until i absolutely had to drive that i learned. i took it slowly and even now tend to stay close to home.... now my fiance is trying to force me to learn stick, and its awful and humiliating. I hate it, its just a reminder of what i can't do... and god knows i hate admitting i can't. but it gets so frustrating to hear him fuss at me and tell me how he learned in a day. all i can say is when it comes to driving you really have to want it, and don't let anyone force you.
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replied March 31st, 2009
Dyscalculia
GreyWolf or anyone else who may have helpful information, links, etc. I am 100% sure my 16 year old nephew has Dyscalculia. I have never heard of anything but Dyslexia my childhood friend had it. But until my 9 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD and his teacher is still grasping at straws and is so wonderful she stumbled upon Dysgraphia and it is my son 100% with the schools help we are looking into help for him. But my sisters son has always struggled with math he has been failed and held back in school, teachers calling him lazy,disruption, We new something was wrong I mean he can hardly tell time like a other wise regular teen. But in other areas of life he is soooo smart and a very talented writer since childhood. The school tested him and he passed the test so they would not give him any acedemic help mixed him with the other kids and called him a failure screw up so he began rebelling skipping school,getting with the wrong crowd etc. He is no longer in school and is in trouble with the court system because of some trouble he has gotten into. He has recently decided to go back to school and give it another try.. They rejected him said absolutely not sorry he will not survive it would be like putting a person who could not swim in the ocean. He should get his GED if he could and go on home. This all just happened yesterday and then last night my sister and I got together I was speaking of my sons recent discovery of Dygraphia and that I never heard of such and that there was Dyscalculia and other LDs and she almost cried she said that is her son the discription of Dyscalculia. So we are sad that we found this and he is 16 but my saying is it is never to late ... I am going to rally for my nephew and get him try to get him the help to succeed in life that is what led me to this website. WHERE DO WE BEGIN>>
The School System is going to here from my sisters lawyer for sure...

Please respond with any help please

April
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replied November 18th, 2009
i have dyscalcula as well and have just started driving a year ago,its hard when you think of focusing on the signs & Omg wher are they lol, what i did was memorize the speed signs on my routes,and the speed limits for the highways.
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replied November 18th, 2009
I know what you mean. I'm dyslexic too. I was taught to drive at 16 but freaked my parents and drivers ed instructor out many times when I mixed up my lefts and rights while driving. There was quite a lot of shouting back then. There still is when I rely on directions. I have just started to get a grasp on the cardinal directions at 19. Thanks to being able to use the lake as my reference. I was taught stick at 17. It took a long time to learn but I had been riding dirt bikes at 10 so I had some practice before getting behind the wheel. My brothers always made fun of me for having trouble with it. Saying things like girls can't drive. I told them to shut it and always come back with making fun of them for being unable to birth a child. It helps but it still hurts to struggle. If he is being mean tell him he's being mean and to shut up. Eventually they realize that you have feelings.
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replied July 8th, 2010
I'm 48 and have problems with left and right, east west, map reading, etc. So when I ask for directions, to make sure I'm going the right way on a long stretch of road, I'll often enquire about landmarks as well -- will I be crossing a river, passing by a gas station, passing a certain street. Ask questions, repeat the directions, and pay attention! It's a struggle, but there are worse struggles to be had.
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replied April 12th, 2011
I am 16, and I am dycalculic and dyslexic.I have been struggling with it for 11 years. Trust me you are not the only one.
I can barley read anything..Just like now I am talk to typing to you while a computer narrotor is reading outloud what I am typing. Almost everything has to be said in audio to me. People do not understand and they count me as lazy or not trying my hardest..but I do I am very thankful for the fact I can still learn...
Good things come from this..Like I want to be a musician..I make up things inside my head an record them. Besides my stoyr, I belive it makes us a little more different..as there is not a such thing as normal.Think of it more as a gift. (:
- Amanda Kraft
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replied January 25th, 2012
wow stumbling on this forum was like i was reading myself! i am 44...always knew i had a problem with left and right!! directions!! complicated if its more than a few roads) maps are okay until you start driving and find that if you could only stand on your head to follow the road on the map it might work:)anything in 'unfamiliar territory' is like my brain enters a tornado!i try to explain to people that facts mean nothing at first, its feeling,totally VISUAL! until the visual connection is made it can be hopeless!eg. if i head up a street and the building is on my left, and for some reason i turn around and head down the street from a different angle im still feeling the building on my left when in fact it is now on the right ughhh! when its actually happening in traffic its real ,scary and very frustrating! but the most crushing thing is when people think you are dumb!!!!....if they could know how hard you are trying to overcome your disability they would be more understanding and patient and helpful!its amazing what a person struggling with these issues can achieve with the wind beneath their wings...some of us just flap our wings different but we can fly just as high <3
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replied April 27th, 2012
I don't know if this is too late, but i also have learning disability (dyslexia) and at the moment i have my learners. it just might take you a bit longer then everyone else to learn how to drive the right way. Smile
but don't worry you SHOULD be able to learn how to drive. it might just be more of a challenge! but a good and rewarding challenge as well. you will feel good once you've passed the test and you've gotten your P's or whatever the rule is over in your country (i live in australia) so i'm on my learners at the moment.
anyway i hope this HELPS! let me know if you have anymore questions Smile
i'm happy to help xx
take care
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replied June 19th, 2012
I have never been diagnosed with dyscalculia, but I have almost all of the symptoms. What my eyes see and what I read outloud (concerning numbers) are almost always two different things. I have no sense of direction at all, I can barely keep my left and right straight. I just got my license a couple months ago, so yes it is possible to get it, and it should not stop you. However, it can be really difficult sometimes with finding your way around. I don't know if you have this problem but mine is that I know where I am and I know where I need to go, but I can't connect the two points. I find it extremely hard to figure out what roads are where and how they all connect, so everytime before I leave my garage I sit there and think first "what side of town am I going to?" Then when I figure that out I try as hard as I can to mentally take myself throughout the route I need to go (I can get out of my neighborhood but after that it gets more difficult). Then I just take on the route little by little trying to put little pieces together with the couple of roads that I do know of. And as far as signs go with the exit numbers and whatnot I found it is best to have someone write it down on a piece of paper and just when I become unsure of the number, just try to focus on them and match them with the numbers on the signs. Overall, you may face some challenges such as the ones I described, but it is not enough to stop you from being able to drive. Just keep calm and take it one step at a time.
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replied September 8th, 2013
Dyscalculia and computers/IT skills??
For a long time I suspected I was Dyscalculic but having read all these stories, and other experiences throughout my life, I'm convinced. I don't have much trouble with right/left but have absolutely no sense of direction, even when I've been to the same places lots of times. The numbers problem is the worst but I now wonder if there's any link with using computers? I can't find any evidence but I'm incredibly slow to grasp the simplest things and will forget them the next day. I seem to lack the ability to process anything remotely technical and get the same panicky feeling as if I were asked to do a mathematical calculation. Does anybody have any information on this. It would be a relief to hear of a link, otherwise I'll carry on believing I'm stupid!!!
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replied October 9th, 2013
I have the exact same problem with math AND technology that you just mentioned, I know how you feel. I also forget simple tasks easily. Sad
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replied September 27th, 2017
I have dyscalculia. The biggest problem I have with driving is that my brain can't handle too much spatial or visual information. Specifically, I can't focus on the usual things (the road, the traffic around me, etc.) & in addition to that try to look for a particular street or address too, especially in an unfamiliar area. My brain will focus on looking for the street & ignore the red light, stop sign, car in front me, etc. I have been in 2 car accidents because of this, but now that I know I have dyscalculia & am aware of how it affects driving, it hasn't happened again. Using GPS has also helped, although I read that relying solely on GPS all the time will actually make the problem worse, causing the part of the brain that deals with navigation/direction to atrophy from under-use.
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