What is Driving Rehabilitation?
According to the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED), driver rehabilitation consists of evaluation, training, and vehicle modification recommendations for drivers and passengers with disabilities and age-related impairments as well as counseling and support in the pursuit of maintaining mobility with the community.
A comprehensive driving evaluation begins with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) evaluating the driver for either specialized equipment for driving or fitness to drive depending upon the client's diagnosis.
If specialized equipment is needed for driving, additional driver training is often required in order to educate the client on the proper and safe use of this equipment. Many states also require a road test and restriction on the client's driver's license after completion of driver training with this equipment.
In the case of fitness to drive, some clients may need additional driver training. In some instances, the client may be deemed fit to drive and the report is sent to the referring physician for medical clearance after being evaluated by the CDRS. If the client is not deemed fit to drive, a letter may be sent to the state licensing board for further review. This report is also sent to the referring physician.
Clients may have the option to be re-evaluated if not deemed fit to drive, if the referring physician determines it is appropriate in the future.
Many diagnoses are seen by driving rehabilitation specialists including: stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, neuropathy, dementia and other neurological diseases, to name a few.
If you are interested in knowing more about driving rehabilitation or know someone who may benefit from a driving evaluation, please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the ADED.net website to find a CDRS in your area.