Shepherd Center’s driver evaluation consists of a clinical evaluation plus an on-road test, to answer questions like:
- is this client ready to drive, with or without adaptive equipment?
- is this client ready to participate in a training-to-licensure program?
- are other interventions necessary to build skills for future driving? (for example, cataract surgery?)
The program works with diagnoses including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cognitive impairment, visual deficits, age-related deficits, and amputations; with new drivers who have disabilities such as MS or spina bifida. Shepherd also evaluates drivers seeking to regain their license after revocation; if the client “passes” the test, the doctor completes the DDS form and the client can take the DDS road test.
Come learn about the many options available to drivers who need assistance, and the sometimes surprising world of on-road testing!
Matt Abisamra OTR/L, CDRS, Driving Program Supervisor, Assistive Technology Department
Lakisha Gray, MSOT, OTR/L, CLT, CPAM, CDRS, Shepherd Center