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 Rehabilitation Driving Program

The Rehabilitation Driving Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center helps restore mobility to those affected by neurological, orthopaedic or developmental conditions, or to those who have experienced age-related changes in function. Our goal is to help you return to safe, independent driving.

Our Patients

We provide driving evaluation services for:

  • Older drivers – We evaluate the older driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, including those with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
  • Drivers with acquired disabilities – We evaluate the ability of the physically or visually impaired driver to obtain a driver’s license and safely operate a vehicle, including those affected by stroke, brain injury and other conditions.

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • On-the-road assessments are done by our nationally certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist who has special training in medical conditions and their implications on driving.
  • Clinical assessments to evaluate changes in physical functioning, vision, perception and processing abilities that could make driving unsafe are performed by a licensed and registered occupational therapist.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

The Rehabilitation Driving Program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following your referral to us from your physician, our Rehabilitation Driving Program provides the following services:

  • Clinical assessment – initial evaluation session to identify:
    • Current physical status (mobility and strength)
    • Cognitive skills (memory, problem solving and reaction time)
    • Vision (color and depth perception)
  • Driving instruction for adapted car – learn how to operate your vehicle’s modifications with training on:
    • Hand controls
    • Left foot accelerator pedal
    • Spinner knob and turn signal
  • High tech evaluation and training van – try assistive devices on our training van before you modify your vehicle. Features on our van include:
    • No-effort steering system
    • Electronic gas and brake system
    • Touch pad static secondary control
    • Voice scan in-motion control
  • On-the-road assessment – evaluates skills you need to safely and effectively operate a vehicle by:
    • Completing a driving course with driving specialist
    • Following directions of specialist regarding traffic flow, traffic lights and turns
    • Additional training, if needed
  • Transportation resources – connects you with community information for:
    • Public transportation
    • Shuttles
    • Senior transit services and more
  • Vehicle modification recommendations – includes modifications that may be recommended by your driving specialist such as:
    • Raised roof, dropped floor or lift to accommodate a wheelchair
    • Steering control devices
    • Recommendations for lift options to transport a power chair or scooter

Your Treatment Team

Our care team evaluates your driving ability and makes recommendations to your referring physician, who makes the final decision to allow or restrict driving. Your team may include:

  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Driving rehabilitation specialists (specialize in driver training for those with disabilities)
  • Rehabilitation engineers (specialize in determining, implementing and training patients on assistive technology devices, such as wheelchairs, special computer work stations and remote control systems)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility, and provide vehicle transfer skills)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)

Care Locations

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:

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