Kelli Foster was diagnosed with Dystonia which is a neurological movement disorder when she was a young girl. Dystonia causes Parkinson’s like symptoms, which for Kelli includes shaking in her legs. When she began driver’s ed at age 16 the teachers felt it was unsafe for her to pursue driving in the standard manner and recommended consulting with a doctor about her medical eligibility for driving.
Kelli participated in the Driving To Independence program pursuing manual hand controls. It took her a long time to get through the program as she dealt with her school schedule, medical issues and limited funding options. She describes that she feels lucky to have the freedom to go where she wants and when she wants- as long as she has gas.