Blind students from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind had an out-of-the-ordinary experience Thursday when they were able to drive cars solo.
“Most of these teens have friends who are learning how to drive, but they aren’t going to get that experience themselves,” said Spencer Pace, a driving coach with MasterDrive.
Pace said the school and the driving program have teamed up for nearly 20 years to provide this experience to blind students.
“I can’t believe I got to drive a real car,” said Jack Lambert, a junior at the school.
The visually impaired students were assisted by a driving coach in the passenger seat and a fellow student sitting in the back, patiently waiting their turn.
“The highlight of my senior year was that I got to drive a car,” said Will Lewis, a senior at the school.
The students had to maneuver their way through obstacles, including weaving in and out of cones. One of the students said he counted how many cones the first driver went through before him and memorized so he wouldn’t hit any during his turn.
“I may not be able to drive on the streets now or in the next 10 years, but this just makes me feel happy and involved for my age range,” Lambert said.