Driver Rehabilitation Services at Mary Free BedEager to get back behind the wheel after an injury or illness? Our specialized driver rehabilitation services empower you to drive safely and with confidence. We’ll evaluate your needs and give you a plan for drivers’ training. We can even help if you need adaptive equipment or vehicle modifications.

Your rehabilitation specialists will coordinate the Driver Rehabilitation Program services best suited for your needs.

Comprehensive Driving Evaluation

A comprehensive driving evaluation is an assessment of your ability to drive or return to driving. If you need special equipment or vehicle modification, we’ll provide information about what’s available and how much it may cost.

A comprehensive driving evaluation includes:

• Clinical evaluation with an occupational therapist
• Functional driving assessment with a driver rehabilitation specialist
• Wheelchair access compatibility assessment (if applicable)
• Education about adaptive equipment (if applicable)
• Documentation that may include prognosis for success, an estimate of time necessary for training and licensing, summary of vehicle and adaptive equipment needs

Driver Education/Rehabilitation

We provide this training based on your individual needs. We also guide you through the licensing process. If you require vehicle modifications, we’ll provide specific information to help you make a purchase decision.

Driver education/rehabilitation includes:

• Behind-the-wheel experience with a driver rehabilitation specialist
• Road test with licensing authority
• Vehicle modification consultation (if applicable)

Driver Rehabilitation for Experienced Drivers Needing an Assessment

This evaluation may be the right choice if you’ve had a head injury or stroke. These injuries can cause changes in your visual, perceptual and cognitive skills. A professional assessment of your driving skills may be necessary before you return to driving. In some cases, training may be required to help you or your family member compensate for any changes in skill.

Driver Rehabilitation for New Drivers

Our driver rehabilitation program helps new drivers who have a disability or limited mobility that prevents enrollment in a traditional drivers’ education course. Our program provides modified vehicles and the training you’ll need to operate them.

Driver Rehabilitation for Older Drivers

Our driver rehabilitation program may be appropriate for you or a family member experiencing difficulty driving related to such factors as:

• Slowed reaction time
• Vision problems
• Degenerative disease affecting ability to drive

We’ll evaluate current driving skills and create an assessment of what’s needed for you or your family member to continue driving safely. We can provide training, tips or vehicle modifications as necessary. When appropriate, we’ll provide information about driving retirement and alternative forms of transportation.

Driver Rehabilitation for Drivers Needing Vehicle Modification

Driver re-training is helpful if you already have a license, but need vehicle modifications because of an amputation, stroke, spinal cord injury or other condition. We’ll not only teach you how to drive modified vehicles, but also help you throughout the process of obtaining your own modified vehicle. We have various driving systems available for trial use and can modify a vehicle specifically for your training. We also can provide detailed information about adaptive equipment, costs and maintenance.

Vehicle Modification Assistance

A driver rehabilitation specialist will provide you with a consultation, assistance and training, as needed, if you’re purchasing a modified vehicle with adaptive equipment.

Vehicle modification assistance includes:

• Modification process
• Test drive and conformance inspection
• Vehicle familiarization