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Adaptive Driving

Our goal is to evaluate, train and prescribe adaptive equipment for people who need to drive their vehicles with special equipment. Many clients do not need equipment. We also help shop for vehicles that best fit our client’s needs. Please do NOT purchase a vehicle until we see you at our initial evaluation so we can better help you shop.

We perform a clinical evaluation of vision, physical abilities, cognition, visual perception, topographical orientation, and then take you behind the wheel for additional evaluation of potential adaptive equipment needs.

Student Drivers, those with Cognitive Impairment, Senior Drivers, Workers Compensation, Veterans Affairs, may have any of these disabilities or a combination that also require an adaptive evaluation, training and prescription for their vehicles.

DIAGNOSES OFTEN REQUIRING SOME OR ALL OF THE TYPICAL ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT:

Spina Bifida – Special vehicle, adaptive seating, adaptive primary controls and secondary controls, lift, reduced effort steering, chest strap, pedal extensions, backup camera

Amputee – special vehicle, adaptive seating, adaptive primary and secondary controls, adaptive seating, lift, handles, backup camera

Stroke – adaptive primary and secondary controls, lift, adaptive seating, handles, lift, backup camera

Spinal Cord Injury – special vehicle with lift or ramp (high tech and/or low tech equipment for primary and secondary controls), reduced effort steering/braking vehicle, chest strap

Muscular Dystrophy – special vehicle with ramp or lift, reduced effort steering/braking, primary and secondary controls, mirrors, chest strap, back-up camera

Post-Polio – special vehicle with lift or ramp, primary & secondary controls, reduced effort steering, chest strap, mirrors, backup camera

Cerebral Palsy – special vehicle with lift or ramp, primary and secondary controls adaptations, reduced effort steering/braking chest strap, mirrors, back-up camera

Multiple Sclerosis – special vehicle with lift or ramp, primary and secondary controls, reduced effort steering/braking, chest strap, mirrors, backup camera

Arthiritis -newer vehicle, reduced effort steering or braking, seating adjustments, mirrors, special steering devices, backup camera

Aging – same as arthritis – we also do a certified AAA Car Fit test to make certain the client doesn’t require any special equipment.

Learning Disability /Autism – GPS system and adaptive equipment may be required if there are physical disabilities in addition. Additional lessons are always required.

Neuropathy – usually alternate use of primary controls of gas/brake for lower extremities involvement and may require steering aides for upper involvement

Vision Loss – additional mirrors, backup camera, possible referral to bioptic driving

Traumatic Brain Injury – GPS, additional lessons, and other adaptive equipment as needed if physical disabilities also present

Here are pictures to demonstrate previous clients and their adaptive devices and also adaptive devices we currently have on our evaluation vehicles:

Spinner Knob Right Angle Hand Controls Adapted Spinner Knob Push/Rock Hand Controls
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Wheelchair Lift 1 Wheelchair Lift 2 Right Side Hand Controls Parking Brake Extension
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 Left Foot Gas Pedal
with Right Foot Guard
Drivers Lift    
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