If you have been recently injured and want to drive an accessible or handicap car or van, your physician may recommend (and your state may require) driver training by a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist before you can take the wheel of that vehicle.
Actually, having a driving assessment is strongly advised for anyone about to begin driving with a disability who:
- Hasn’t driven before or hasn’t driven since a disability occurred and/or
- Has mixed feelings about your physical ability in maneuvering a vehicle, seeing, or reacting quickly to other vehicles, and/or
- Has an overall physical ability that has changed following an accident or progression of a disease or illness.
What to Expect from a Driving Assessment
- A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) will make a clinical evaluation of physical functioning; perform a visual, perceptive and cognitive screening; and where applicable, conduct a wheelchair and seating assessment.
- Depending on your ability, an on-the-road driving evaluation is performed, using adaptive equipment when appropriate.
- Based on demonstrated driving performance, a prescription for vehicle modification is written, which includes a description of the vehicle and any mobility aid (wheelchair or scooter) to be used.
- Driver education includes practice and training to enable you to operate a vehicle with any newly prescribed equipment so you can obtain a driver’s license.
- Finally, a total fitting and operational assessment is performed in the modified vehicle.
The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, a non-profit organization, is the primary professional association in the field of driver education, driver training, and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities.
For more information or to locate a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, contact the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) at www.driver-ed.org or call 866-672-9466
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