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Driver rehabilitation

Driver rehabilitation is a type of rehabilitation that helps individuals facing challenges caused by a disability or age to achieve safe, independent driving or transportation options through education or information dissemination. Professionals who work in the field use adaptive equipment and modified vehicles to help people attain independent transportation.


  • History 1
  • Practice 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Education and training 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Many driver rehabilitation programs began in the early 1970s through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA only offers driver rehabilitation services and funding to its veterans who seek transportation options. As of 2009, the VA offers driver rehabilitation services in 43 cities.[1][2]

The field has since expanded beyond the VA to serve clients of all

  • Driving and safety at DMOZ
  • Driver's education at DMOZ

External links

  1. ^ Hensen, Chris (October 2009). "Restoring Independence: VA Driver Rehabilitation Program". United States Department of Veterans' Affairs. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Driver Rehabilitation for Veterans With Disabilities Program (VHA Handbook 1173.16)". United States Department of Veterans' Affairs. January 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "History". The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists. 
  4. ^ a b c "Candidate Handbook". The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists. 2012. 
  5. ^ "About NMEDA". Automotive Mobility Solutions. 
  6. ^ Redepenning, Sue (2006). Driver Rehabilitation Across Age and Disability. Bethesda, Maryland: AOTA Press.  
  7. ^ a b c "Best Practices for the Delivery of Driver Rehabilitation Services". The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists. 2009. 
  8. ^ Wheatley, CJ; Pellerito, JM; Redepenning, S. (2006). "The Clinical Evaluation". In Pellerito, Jr, Joseph M. Pellerito,. Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility: Principles and Practice. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby. 
  9. ^ Bouman, J; Pellerito, JM (2006). "Preparing for the On-Road Evaluation". In Pellerito, Jr, Joseph M. Pellerito,. Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility: Principles and Practice. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby. 
  10. ^ Di Stefano, M; Macdonald, W (2006). "Advanced Strategies for On-Road Driver Rehabilitation and Training". In Pellerito, Jr, Joseph M. Pellerito,. Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility: Principles and Practice. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby. 
  11. ^ Wheatley, CJ (2001). "Shifting into drive: Evaluating potential drivers with disabilities". OT Practice 6 (13): 12–15. 
  12. ^ Stav, Wendy Beth (2004). Driver rehabilitation: a guide for assessment and intervention. PsychCorp. 
  13. ^ Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center. "Wheelchair Transportation Safety Frequently Asked Questions". 
  14. ^ a b Pellerito, JM; Blanc, CA (2006). "The Driver Rehabilitation Team: Primary Team Members and Key Services". In Pellerito, Jr, Joseph M. Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility: Principles and Practice. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby. 
  15. ^ "Driving and Community Mobility". Bethesda, Maryland: American Occupational Therapy Association. 2010. 


Many driver rehabilitation specialists obtain specialty certification from ADED by fulfilling education and experience qualifications and passing a certification exam,[4] though certification is not required to practice driver rehabilitation. Those holding certification subscribe to educational and learning opportunities to maintain their credentials.

Occupational therapists and driver educators comprise the two largest groups of professionals, with other professionals from the fields of rehabilitation counseling, physical therapy, kinesiotherapy, rehabilitation engineering, and psychology.[3] Occupational therapists may utilize the term "driving rehabilitation" to reflect the profession's focus on the "occupation" of driving.[15]

Education and training

  • Drivers' education/training
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Equipment dealers
  • Kinesiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Driver rehabilitation programs are offered in a variety of settings, such as rehabilitation hospitals, hospital outpatient therapy departments, veteran's hospitals, or as private driving schools.[14] Professionals who work in this field are often members of ADED; where professional fields consist of:

A driver rehabilitation specialist is a specialist who "plans, develops, coordinates and implements driving services for individuals with disabilities".[4] Driver rehabilitation specialists work with physicians, allied health personnel, Department of Motor Vehicles personnel, and mobility equipment dealers.[14]


For individuals who plan to be passengers only, driver rehabilitation evaluations are recommended to determine the person's ability to get in and out of the vehicle, the vehicle's appropriateness for safe transportation, and the safe transportation of mobility aids, e.g. scooters, manual or power wheelchairs,[7] including proper securement of the mobility device.[13] Recommendations for vehicle modifications may include the use of a wheelchair accessible van, wheelchair lift, or wheelchair ramp.

If an individual does not possess the ability to drive, they are often referred to other therapy programs, such as wheelchair seating programs, occupational therapy, vision therapy, physical therapy, or cognitive therapy.

In other instances, such as after an illness or injury, an assessment of the person's capacity for driving is required. No adaptive driving equipment may be needed; the focus is on identifying any changes in the person's sensory, motor, visual, perceptual, or cognitive ability. The clinical assessment is conducted first, followed by the on-road assessment, using a vehicle equipped with the passenger brake, mirror, and in some instances, an auxiliary steering wheel.[12]

The goal of driver rehabilitation is to aid individuals with disabilities or age-related impairments maintain independent driving and transportation. This maybe done through the use of specialized mobility equipment and training.[7] The process begins with a clinical assessment of an individual's visual, visual-perceptual, cognitive, and physical skills that are necessary for driving.[8] If the individual meets the criteria, an on-road assessment is conducted, in which the evaluator uses a vehicle equipped with adaptive driving equipment, as well as auxiliary brake and mirror on the passenger's side of the vehicle. Accommodations can be made via the use of mechanical or electronic steering, and acceleration and braking equipment, which are based on the results of the clinical assessment.[9] If it is determined that the person has the potential to drive, training is offered to develop proficiency in using the mobility equipment.[10] For novice drivers, driver's education is included in the services.[11] Following training, a vehicle equipment prescription is provided, with a referral to a mobility equipment dealer for equipment installation. When the installation is completed, the vehicle is checked for proper fit, with additional training provided as needed.[7]


In 2003, the American Occupational Therapy Association developed the Older Driver Initiative to develop services for older drivers.[6]

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association was founded in 1989 to broaden the opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with adaptive equipment.[5]


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