A Driving Ambitions first

Ari Seirlis
By Ari Seirlis
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JC Dittrich made Driving Ambitions history when he became the first candidate in the Western Province to obtain his driver’s licence. He did so with the help of the Western Cape Driving Ambitions programme, launched by QASA earlier this year. ROLLING INSPIRATION caught up with JC to learn more.

Why did you approach Driving Ambitions?

I needed my driver’s licence to give me the independence I’ve always wanted. It allows me to go where ever whenever I want to. I no longer have to rely on other people to drive me around. For example, I can now drive myself to the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, where I exercise. And I can also visit my friends and family and be totally independent.

What was your experience with the lessons and your test?

It was absolutely amazing to learn with Driving Ambitions. I had a brilliant instructor, Theuns, and I learned everything I needed to pass in ten lessons. Mind-blowing! On the day of the test, I felt extremely nervous but concentrated on what I needed to do.

What advice do you have for other people who want to get their licence?

Don’t hesitate. If you have the opportunity to do it, don’t think twice about it. It will change your life forever and give you the independence you always wanted.

What are your plans now?

It means the world to me to have my licence and I have very big plans. I can now train for the handcycling event at the 2024 Paralympics without worrying about transport. I also plan to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) in 2019.

We wish JC the very best of luck and will be watching his progress with great interest.

Ari Seirlis is the CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and managing editor of Rolling Inspiration. email: ceo@qasa.co.za

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Ari Seirlis is the former CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa and, presently, a member of the Presidential Working Group on Disability. He is a wheelchair user and disability activist.
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