Fitness to Drive-Driving Rehabilitation Program
Fitness to Drive is a driving rehabilitation program for those who need to develop or improve their current driving capacities due to injury or age-related changes. The program helps new drivers with needs beyond the general driver's education classes. Our program aims to balance personal freedom and independence with the public safety needs of our community.
Occupational therapists, who are driving rehabilitation specialists, provide clinical evaluation, behind the wheel evaluation, adaptive equipment prescription and training in skills that are essential to driving. Our driving rehabilitation specialists have the training and expertise to:
- Assess a client's cognitive and physical fitness to drive
- Provide driver training in use of adaptive equipment
- Provide behind the wheel training for deficits related to attention, visual scanning, reaction time and speed of processing.
- Recommend rehabilitation services to enhance skills related to driving
- Assist with vehicle selection and modification
The following people can benefit from a Comprehensive Driver's Evaluation:
Rehabilitation Patients who have stopped driving due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis or spinal cord injury and need to identify if they can drive again
Older Adults who have vision-related changes, a chronic disease such as arthritis or diabetic neuropathy, a diagnosis with early stages of dementia, or age-related changes and are unsure of their safety
Students or Other New Drivers with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder or a new driver with a physical disability such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida
What does a Comprehensive Driver's Evaluation include?
A comprehensive driver's evaluation consists of two parts:
1. Clinical Evaluation - This in-office evaluation will include tests of:
- Vision - depth perception, peripheral vision, visual spatial skills
- Cognition - memory, judgment, speed of response
- Motor Function - strength, range of motion and flexibility
2. Behind the Wheel Evaluation
A Driving Rehabilitation Specialist will ride along with you in our Fitness to Drive car. Assessment will include the following skills:
- Vehicle control
- Problem solving ability
- Visual scanning of the environment
- Reaction Time
- How well you negotiate the traffic around you
Immediately after testing, you'll meet with the driving specialist to discuss your clinical results, your driving-related strengths and weaknesses, and any recommendations. A written report will be sent to your referring physician.
If you or someone you know may be a candidate for Fitness to Drive, talk to your doctor for a referral. For more information, call 719-776-5200.
Fitness to Drive is the only driving rehabilitation program serving southern Colorado.