Welcome to the Driver and Safety Education Program for students ages 15-17*
This program meets all the Texas state requirements for Driver and Safety Education. Our goal is for all students to obtain their learner's license. However, students must complete the hours required, pass the respective tests, and stay the entire 4 weeks to obtain their learner's license. An additional 30 hours of supervised driving is required after students return home.
*for students ages 18-22, see Adult Driver Education Program
- It is designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students
- Methods of teaching are used that meet the needs of deaf or hard of hearing learners
- Instruction is in American Sign Language and English
- Language Facilitators will be provided for students who are non-signers
- It is a state-approved program
- All state requirements are met for students in driver and safety education training
- Instructors are trained and certified to teach driver and safety education
Deaf and hard of hearing students who meet all of the following requirements
- 15 - 17 years of age
- have completed 9th grade
- live in the state of Texas
The program runs for four weeks, from June 17 - July 13, 2018
- Check in: Sunday, - June 17, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm in the Texas School for the Deaf Seeger Gym
- Check out: Friday - July 13, 12:00pm (NOON) Arrangments must be made to leave at NOON as no staff are available after that time.
- Special Information about the Fourth of July.
- TSD will provide activities for the students who are here on July 4th. However, if parents/guardians want to pick students up for the long holiday weekend, advance arrangements must be made with both the school and residential departments for pick up and return. Because the Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires a specific number of hours of instruction for Driver and Safety Education, students must check with their instructor before they can be excused from class on Wednesday, July 4th. Students may jeopardize their opportunity to obtain their learner's license if they miss class without having the required number of hours.
The fee depends on which of the three participation options below a student chooses. Because driving is considered a work-related skill, students are encouraged to seek eligibility and support from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Many TWC Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors do assist with the program fees.
- Day Only $608
- Day plus after school $848
- The after school program atmosphere is:
- creatively challenging
- physically safe
- And may include:
- driving time
- team building activities
- field trips (e.g. Gattitown, Barton Springs, state parks)
- and more...
- Day plus overnight/weekends
- overnight dorms offer:
- suite-like rooms, for 2 students per room, with single bathrooms and shared vanities
- staff members on duty 24/7 to provide support and a home-like environment
*These fees apply only to registrations completed and paid before the deadline. The LAST day of registration is on Thursday, March 1st 2018. Registration fees not paid by the final deadline of March 1st, 2018 are automatically canceled and another student will be accepted in the available slot. The Driver and Safety Education program is very popular and fills up fast. We serve on a first come, first serve basis and highly recommend that you apply early.
*Fees are used for recreational activities supplies as well as covering the cost for up to three attempts for the learner's license tests with the Department of Public Safety. If a fourth attempt is required, parents will need to send $16 for the Department of Public Safety reprocessing fee. The best way to send additional funds is through Western Union.
Allowance is NOT included in the summer program fee. FYI, the high school age students often wish to have additional funds for snacks, laundry, and spending money for weekends. You may send your student with additional money. However, if your student wants more spending money during the course of their stay, you need to know, there is no ATM on campus. The best way to send additional funds is through Western Union.
What are the state requirements for instructional time for driver and safety education?
Instruction time (Monday-Friday) varies based on student needs.
- The state requires a minimum of 32 hours of classroom instruction and 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and in-car observation.
- Students must complete the hours required, pass the respective tests, and stay the entire 4 weeks.
- Students are required to complete an additional 30 hours of driving time, at home BEFORE their learner's license expires one week before their 18th birthday. These hours must follow these requirements:
- only 1 hour of driving time permitted per day
- 20 hours must be completed during the day
- 10 hours must be completed at night
- hours must be supervised by a parent or adult 21 years old or older who holds a valid driver license. The hours must be documented on a form that TSD will provide.
- The Department of Public safety provides this form and complete information about the required additional 30 hours of driving time at home. TSD will also provide this form.
- Recently added to the requirements for Driver and Safety Education is a 2 hour informational video that is a prerequisite to the drive skills examination. This will be done at home after the student has received their learner's license and has held that valid learner's license for a minimum of six months. For more information please visit the website below.
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/ittdPrgm.htm OR https://impacttexasteendrivers.dps.texas.gov/FAQ.aspx
Here is an overview of what you need to have on check-in day and links to documents follow.
Please print, sign in black ink, and bring with you on check-in day.
- TSD Responsibilities and Consent for Medical Treatment
- Student Electronic Devices Policy
- TSD Code of Conduct *Currently revising- 3/20*
The following three required forms will be in your acceptance packet and available at check-in. It will save you time if you fill them out (in black ink) before you come. However, YOU MUST NOT SIGN THEM! These documents must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. TSD will provide this service free at check-in.
- DL-40 Supplemental Examination
- DL-14A Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card
- DL-5-1 Texas Residency Affidavit
- When you sign this form in the presence of a Notary Public at TSD, the signature MUST match the name that is on the proofs of residency (see below). Either mother or father or guardian signature and address must be the same on all these forms: Proofs of Residency, Texas Residency Affidavit, DL-14A, and DL-40. Also, that same person must be present with the student at time of check-in. Please see the checklist on the envelope, which will be included with your acceptance packet.
- Two documents proving residency are required. Please see the samples of what will be accepted at DPS below. If using an electric, water, natural gas, satellite television, cable television, or non-cellular telephone statement must be dated within 90 days of the date of application (or the first day of Summer Programs).
The Department of Public Safety requires the following documentation. These must be left with us at TSD as DPS will not accept copies. For identification protection, TSD will lock up these documents for safe-keeping. The documents will be returned to you at the end of Summer Programs.
- Student's ORIGINAL social security card
- Student's ORIGINAL birth certificate
- Student's VALID Texas ID or ORIGINAL school photo ID or VALID passport
- Physician’s statement (signed by your doctor)
Finally, the student must arrive at check-in with:
- prescription glasses/contacts for the vision screening exam that the students will take at the Department of Public Safety. Important note: All students must take a vision exam at DPS. We strongly suggest that the student’s vision be tested prior to arrival for Summer Programs. If the student fails the vision exam at DPS, the parent/guardian will be responsible for not only making an eye exam appointment during summer programs but also transporting their student to/from that appointment so the student can complete the course.
What do I need to know about Learner's Permits?
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DPS
- drivers younger than 18 years old must hold a valid learner's license for 6 months - 1 year
- if the driver is still in High School, his or her permit must be renewed at the Department of Public Safety with a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) from his/her currently enrolled school (Not TSD, please do not call us asking for that VOE as this will be need to be provided by their CURRENT High School).
- permits must be renewed one week before expiration (a driver's 18th birthday)
- failure to do so, may result in starting the entire testing and instructional process over again
To learn more about Learner's Permits as well as how to get a license after the student has left TSD with a Learner's Permit, see the Teen Drivers at the Texas Department of Public Safety. for more information.