Get Started With A Driver Evaluation
Driver training for a person with a disability is often provided after a thorough driver evaluation, and needs to be conducted by a CDRS or DRS. A DRS typically has a health professional degree along with additional training specific to driver evaluation and rehabilitation. CDRS professionals are those DRS's that have successfully passed a certification examination and does continuing education in the field to maintain their credentials. At present, there are only about 360 active CDRS in the U.S. and Canada combined.
A driver evaluation usually involves a clinical assessment and a behind-the-wheel assessment. The evaluation process may include tests of physical function, vision, perception, attention, motor function, and reaction time, in addition to actual driving performance tests. Based on the results, the CDRS or DRS will determine if adaptive driving equipment is needed, whether the individual will be able to drive independently or at all, and whether they require driver any rehabilitation or training. The assessment often average three to eight hours, and training is customized to the needs of each individual. Some of the recommended vehicle adaptations may include wheelchair lifts; wheelchair accessible vans; transfer seating options; steering devices, such as spinner knobs and other specially-designed handles for the steering wheel; hand controls; foot pedal extensions; special mirrors; extenders and extensions for dash controls; and other adaptive tools.
Keep in mind, not everyone who has a disability needs to be evaluated by a professional. Often times, the VA will require an evaluation as part of the determination of benefits. Let's get you in touch with one of our mobility experts, who will get to know you and your specific needs and can refer you to a CDRS/DVRS if needed. From here your mobility expert will be able to help ensure that you find the right wheelchair accessible vehicle or mobility equipment for you. Your mobility expert is also going to be a great resource when learning about different options such as financing when it comes to the point of purchase.