Are Mentally Retarded People Allowed To Drive Cars?

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Meg Hayes Profile
Meg Hayes answered
This all depends on the level of the person's mental disability. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (which changed its
name from the American Association on Mental Retardation in 2006) defines someone as mentally retarded if they fill the following criteria:

They have an IQ below 75. They are limited in two or more adaptive skill areas (defined as the daily skills needed to learn live and work in the community, including communication and social skills). Their condition is present from childhood which is classed as 18 or younger, to distinguish from conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or brain trauma through an accident.

The term Mentally Retarded is usually included within the broader developmental disability category and has become an offensive name in some countries.

The estimation is that seven million people with developmental disability live in the United States alone and the total population contains around 2-3% with these issues. Clearly, this definition will take in a large variety of individuals and some will certainly not have the capability of driving. Mentally Retarded individuals, however, do have the
same rights to drive as any other person as long as they can pass the Department of Motor Vehicles tests.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
As a health professional, the correct term IS Mentally Retarded, not mentally challenged. Challenged suggests that they have some type of challenge to overcome; something that has nothing to do with the medical diagnosis. Retarded suggests slow cognitive ability; which is why we DO say that our patients are mentally retarded, or MR patients for short.

Anyone can drive as long as they pass the tests.
Maxine Chan Profile
Maxine Chan answered
Yes, as long they know how to drive and know their directions.
Eleanor jones Profile
Eleanor jones answered
If they have passed their disability test  and can prove their driving skill , then yes they can
wilbert u can call me sue Profile
A better term for mentally retarded is mentally chanllenged.  Some mentally challenged people, different types, like autism , are extremely high functioning.  Some to the point of genius. Therefore, what they lack in social skills, they sometimes make up otherwise and are able to drive.   They would have to be tested of course.  My first husband, was a genius and very charming, but had such a mild case of autism, it is almost impossible to detect.  He had drivers licence for years, and passes on his first test.
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Anonymous commented
I wouldn't consider mentally challenged a better term. That could be interpreted as just someone who's very stupid, not necessarily someone who actually has medical mental problems, which is what I'm pretty sure the person who asked was referring to.
Hope Edmiston
Hope Edmiston commented
I have a mental retarded daughter who is 16 and taking driver ed! As long as they can pass the tests then they can drive!!! Also, we refer to my daughter as MR not challenged, she will always be challenged! She will never overcome that. Also for the post about Morons and idiots...You the idiot for writing that but of course thats your opinion! Theyre are several of those types of people on the road that is not MR, but you rather call These Special people that?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Yes, usually because a sympathetic friend or relative takes the test for them after bribing the DMV.
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Hope Edmiston
Hope Edmiston commented
Not true!!! My daughter is doing all herself in school and parents dont go with them for the testing
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered

will you please stop calling these people mentally retarded really nobody really has to drive a car

Mike Profile
Mike answered
I think some of them are, but most mentally sick people do not drive.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
What the heck I don't want to live in a world were billy the moron can drive in my neigborhood
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No I would not think so. They are stupid idiots that don't know up from down.I mean seriously
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Hope Edmiston
Hope Edmiston commented
MR people are not idiots, its idiots that say that! I can tell alot of you were probably bullies in school and life!!! Your parents gotta be proud of you! Or they didnt raise you right!
Eleanor jones
Eleanor jones commented
Again the comments by anon about stupid idiots/up and down are in bad taste. Indeed It is some so called normal people that can drive like idiots. As long as MR people have proved their capability to drive they can drive.

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