Driver Rehabilitation Program

 

Driver Rehabilitation Program

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital's Driver Rehabilitation Program offers comprehensive and highly regarded driving education to help individuals with disabilities learn (or relearn) how to drive and gain driving independence. A fleet of adaptive vehicles can be configured to suit individuals with varying disabilities. Watch a video about the program.

Services include:

Driver Evaluation Video

 

The Program

The 2.5-hour driver evaluation is designed to provide a comprehensive, objective appraisal of a person's ability to drive. It occurs in two parts: Part one is a clinical occupational therapy evaluation that assesses the individual's vision, perception, cognition and motor function. The second part is a behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in one of Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation vehicles and assesses an individual's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.

At the conclusion of the evaluation, the driver rehabilitation specialist will discuss with the client and family (as appropriate) recommendations for driving. Questions regarding adaptive equipment, restricted driving or alternative transportation will also be addressed. The final evaluation report, with recommendations, is sent to the referring physician.

Vehicles and Equipment

Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Program has preparatory equipment to train patients before entering vehicles, as well as a fleet of sedans and minivans. Training equipment includes an indoor adjustable ramp to simulate minivan entrances; a steering effort simulator; and hand-control models to try, for those who need to operate pedals with their hands. Each of the vehicles can be adapted with necessary equipment to meet the client's particular needs. In addition, the wheelchair-accessible minivans are designed to enable individuals to drive from their wheelchairs or to transfer into the driver's seat.

Teens

Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation specialists work with students experiencing vision, cognitive and/or motor impairments. Marianjoy is the only driver rehabilitation program in the Chicago area that is also a certified driving school. We meet the state requirements for driver education and can coordinate services with the students' high schools.

Low-Vision

Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Program is the only one of its kind in Illinois to offer low-vision services, which is a highly specialized component of the driving program. Our staff works with vision specialists to evaluate and train individuals who are not able to meet Illinois state driving requirements with conventional corrective lenses.

Advocacy

As advocates for our clients, Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation specialists are available to accompany an individual to the Secretary of State's office for their driving test. We will also work with local vendors, on the individual's behalf, to obtain adaptive equipment needed for a client's vehicle.

You Want the Best

Marianjoy Driver Rehabilitation staff have completed extensive training and testing to receive the designation of certified driver rehabilitation specialists.

Marianjoy Driver Rehabilitation staff are also members of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

The following technology and tools are available within the Driver Rehabilitation Center: