New Learners

New Drivers with Additional Learning Needs

Our Therapists CDRS experience and training is essential in helping students who have learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, or other medical needs with driving as a new driver.  New driver training is coordinated with the family, driver’s education schools, and the CDRS.

A new driver evaluation will include:
  • Review of medical history and medication, functional ability, vision, perception, assessment of life skills, and cognitive processing skills for driving. This part of the evaluation will be in the office.
  • If the student has a learner’s permit, we will provide a Behind-the-wheel evaluation at the level that they are able to manage.

The driving plan is coordinated with independent living skills, job related transportation and restricted community independence. Goals are determined with the student and the family.

To get started we need a referral from a physician that knows the person’s medical status so that we can obtain necessary information for the assessment and to complete paperwork for the DMV.

This can be faxed to us at (970)493-8016.



National Autistic Society. (1999). High-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: What’s the difference?
Retrieved December 16, 2008, from

Kowalski, T. (2007). Asperger’s Syndrome: Assessment and intervention strategies from preschool to adulthood.                                                                                                      Eau Claire, WI: Medical Educational Services.


ADED – The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists