Adaptive Driving for Persons with Physical Limitations: Driver Rehabilitation Programs

According to the Association of Driver Educators for the Disabled, a driver rehabilitation program should have a qualified driver rehabilitation specialist, the appropriate vehicle(s), and equipment to provide comprehensive services in the following areas:

Clinical Evaluation: applicable testing in the area of physical functioning and visual/perceptual/cognitive screening. Where applicable, a wheelchair/seating assessment should be completed.

Driving Evaluation: shall include an on-the-road performance assessment of the client in an actual driving environment using equipment similar to the prescribed equipment.

Vehicle Modification/Prescription: all prescriptions shall be based on the client’s demonstrated performance in an actual driving experience with equipment similar to that which is being prescribed. The prescription should include appropriate description and dimensions of the client’s vehicle and mobility aid (wheelchair, scooter).

Driver Education: shall include sufficient practice and training to enable the client to operate a motor vehicle with the prescribed equipment at a level that meets the client’s need for a driver’s license.

Final Fitting: the client shall receive a final fitting and operational assessment in their modified vehicle.


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