Sociology and Adhd

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Ashley Jurak
Learning to Drive with A.D.H.D.
New York Times
John O’Neil

Summary
Learning to Drive with A.D.H.D. is an article written by John O’Neil and describes the challenges and dangers experienced by those who “suffer” from such “disabilities”. In the beginning of an article, he uses the example of a girl with A.D.H.D. who absolutely cannot pass her driving test. The entire article demonstrates society’s misconception about those who are known to have what society calls “disorders” and how they affect people’s ability to drive. The entire article uses examples of people who apparently have the disorder, but in my opinion share in common stupidity rather than A.D.H.D. which makes the entire article inaccurate. Also, the article contradicts itself in a few areas which also weakens the authors argument.

Critique of: Learning to Drive with A.D.H.D.

This article begins with a young girl, Ms. Serpa, who is 16 years old and has just ended up in an accident. According to the author, Serpa “suffers” from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which translates into something like this: society’s label for the percentage of people that do not share a common learning style with the rest of the population. Serpa is said to be unfit to drive because of her disorder, which in my opinion was more stupidity rather than disability.

According to Russell A. Barkley of the Medical University of South Carolina and Daniel J. Cox of the University of Virginia Health System, “young drivers with A.D.H.D. are two to four times more likely as those with without the condition to have an accident-meaning that they are at a higher risk of wrecking the car than an adult who is legally drunk.” (O’Neil 1) Not only is this statement insulting, it is absolutely ridiculous. You cannot possibly say that an able hyperactive driver is more likely to be involved in an accident than someone who is legally drunk. If this is the case then we need to be writing tickets to those...
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