Bronx driving school offers free program for illiterate students
A Bronx driving school is offering free services to aspiring drivers who are struggling to get their license because they can't read.
The free program is provided by the Adult United Voices Driving School and requires participants to attend a course every Saturday for eight weeks.
The course's teachers assist students to prepare for both the written learner's permit exam and final road test.
Teachers say they are able to train illiterate students to associate words with colors. They say they use unique methods and games, like bingo, to do so.
Program director Samuel Santiago says he was inspired to take on the initiative because he previously struggled with dyslexia and had a hard time getting his license.
"Every person should have the right to know how to read right and be able to believe in themselves and believe that they can do more with their life than what life's already dealt them," he says.
News 12 is told that the teachers in the program are not only trying to help people get their license but to get a good job and improve their lives.