Therapy Services – Patient Education and Resources

We provide convenient resources to support you during the rehabilitation process.

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800-243-1455

Driver rehabilitation 

The department of Therapy Services offers a comprehensive driver evaluation and training program for individuals who have displayed difficulty in driving or learning to drive, due to physical, cognitive, perceptual, visual, or age related impairment. 

We provide evaluation and training for clients with the following functional or physical impairments:

  • Upper or lower extremity amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Learning disability
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Spina Bifida
  • Mature driver
  • Dementia
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Autism

Our specialty fleet includes multiple vehicles with simple to very complex adaptations. We strive to remain current and consistently update our equipment or have availability of the most sophisticated equipment in the field.

Evaluation process

We offer an objective evaluation of the client’s visual, cognitive, physical, and perceptual ability to drive. 

To be eligible for our driver rehabilitation program, you must have your physician complete and sign our medical evaluation for driving form. This helps us determine if there are medical conditions that would affect your driving.

A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) evaluates all clients. The CDRS has special training and knowledge in adaptive driving techniques and equipment that assures safe, independent driving.

Results are discussed with the client and recommendations are made for either training with specialized equipment, continued driving the conventional way or for the client to surrender driving privileges. When it is determined the client is unsafe to continue driving, even with adaptive equipment, counseling is provided regarding alternative transportation options.

Training

Once determined that a client can learn to drive with specialty equipment, training is provided by our CDRS. 

We accompany the client to their state driving test in our vehicle so they may have adaptive equipment needs noted on their license. Once training has been completed and the client has passed their driving test, a prescription for necessary equipment is written for the client’s vehicle. Upon completion of the modifications, we often perform a check to determine if our recommendations were followed and to ensure the client is safe to drive in their own vehicle.