Adaptive Driving

 

 

Driver Evaluation & Training For Persons With Special Needs

Driving is an essential skill for independence in today's society. Return to driving following injury or problems resulting from disease or surgery, often requires the specialized assistance from rehabilitation professionals who are trained to evaluate and rehabilitate these special needs.

The Center for Neurorehabilitation Services is pleased to offer a comprehensive evaluation and training process to persons who have sustained:

  • Brain Injury
  • Other neurological impairments such as: Stroke, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, possible dementia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain tumor
Criteria For Evaluation
  • Physician's referral
  • Current driver's license or driving permit
  • Appropriate motivation
  • Resources to cover the cost of the service (this is a private pay evaluation)
  • Auto insurance may be required

Registered occupational therapists who are certified driving rehabilitation specialist (CDRS), are available to provide these evaluations. We are sensitive to the needs of people who are coping with difficulties arising from various neurological problems.

 

Three Component Evaluation

We offer a three component evaluation, which consists of the following:

1. An Occupational Therapy evaluation of pre-driving skills which includes strength, sensation, range of motion, coordination, muscle tone, proprioceptive and kinesthetic movements, visual perceptional skills, vision screening, reaction time and reflexes. Coordination of adaptive equipment may be needed.
2. A brief neuropsychological screening to assess attention and concentration, speed of processing, functional memory, sequential thinking and problem solving. If results from the clinical testing indicate the candidate has potential for driving, then Step 3 is initiated.
3. A behind-the-wheel evaluation with a certified driving rehabilitation specialist in a vehicle with instructor safety brakes.

The full evaluations takes approximately 3-5 hours and can be done in individualized segments if needed. This information is compiled and used to develop a written plan, which may include recommendations for:

  • Driver training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Driving with restrictions
  • No return to driving

Information and recommendations will be provided to the referring physician for final decision making about driving.

 

Please call for additional information.

 

CNS is an affiliate clinic of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

 
It is the policy of Center for Neurorehabilitation Services to provide benefits, services and employment to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, or age.