If you need help covering the cost of driver training, there are several options which may be available to you.
For individuals 18 and over with a qualifying medical diagnosis (including autism spectrum disorder), the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) can provide funding to cover the cost of driver training sessions toward the goal of licensure. Modern Driver Institute is an approved service provider for driver training through this program. These services are available statewide. For more information about this program, please contact your local OVR office.
For individuals 21 and over with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), provided through the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services, can provide funding to cover the cost of driver training sessions. Modern Driver Institute is an approved service provider through this program.
Please note that this program is only available to individuals currently residing in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lancaster counties. Enrollment is limited, and there may be a wait list. You cannot participate in this program if you are already receiving services through the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW). For more information, please visit the ACAP website.
FINANCING THROUGH PAYPAL
Did you know that PayPal, our electronic payments service, provides credit funding? You can apply for PayPal credit during the online checkout process, once you are a registered student.
If you have a trust, endowment or legal settlement which can be used to cover educational expenses, these funds can be used to provide for driver education training. If you have such an arrangement, consult the trustee or your family lawyer for more information.
There are many grants available to families impacted by autism. Many of these are small ($500 or less), but can still cover hours of driver training. This website lists a number of such grants, with links to apply.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS
We here at Modern Driver Institute specialize in teaching individuals with autism to drive, and we recognize that such services are severely limited in this region. If you cannot afford our regular fees, and are not eligible to receive assistance through any of the means above, reach out to us anyway. We may be able to lower fees, especially if you are willing to come to us. Our goal is to help as many individuals as possible realize the independence that comes with learning to drive safely and responsibly. Contact us to learn more.
DID WE MISS A RESOURCE?
If you know of a funding source that might cover driver education, please let us know. We will promptly investigate and apply for service provider status if possible.