The Adaptive Driving Process Hello, I’m... Tom Jackman, SCVRD • Graduate of: • SUNY College at Cortland University of South Carolina University of Toledo Currently: Supervisor of Rehabilitation Technology for SCVRD The Adaptive Driving Process •Evaluation •Shop but don’t buy •Training •Road Test •Visit vehicle modifier •Shop for real •Modification •Rebates Why get an Evaluation??? • Functional limitations • Cognitive limitations • Vision issues • Hidden issues • ***Use a registered Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)*** Evaluation benefits • Training recommendation • Equipment prescription • Information about vehicle choice • Information about reputable vendors (NMEDA) Shop but don’t buy!!! • • • Familiarize yourself with available vehicles and associated cost of ownership Cost of vehicle and anticipated equipment costs may be out of reach financially ***Training may change your vehicle preference*** Why participate in Training??? • Refines the initial prescription • Helps determine whether driving is a • • good option. Preparation for the DMV road test Further assists with vehicle selection Road Test • Typically will take place using trainer’s vehicle • Get proper restrictions added to license Visit Vehicle Modifier • • • • • • • • Visit facility Check staff certifications Ask for references Inquire about warrant coverage Do they perform maintenance and do they stock replacement parts Cost of anticipated modification Types of payment accepted Time frame for modification Vehicle choice considerations • • • • • • • • • Ease of loading mobility device Cargo room required Vehicle handling characteristics Vehicle parking requirements Resale Ease/expense of modification Type of driving Environment On going maintenance/insurance/operating costs Shop for real • Buy from vehicle modifier • Purchase from dealer or private party • ****Make certain the vehicle being considered for purchase can be satisfactorily modified using safe, best practices**** Modification • Determine time frame of modification • Understand terms of agreement including payment, rebates available, duration of warranty. • ****Get it in writing!**** Rebates • Prepare and submit rebate paperwork to vehicle manufacturer. • Manufacturer rebate information is available at www.nmeda.org References • National Highway Traffic Safety Association www.nhtsa.dot.gov • Association for Driver Rehab Specialists www.driver-ed.org • National Mobility Equipment Dealers www.nmeda.org Questions???????? Adaptive Driving A Consumer’s Perspective Hello, I’m... Jed Elmaleh, MPT, CAPS, MSCS • Adaptive Driving Consumer • Advisor, Adaptive Home Design • Physical Therapist • Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist • MS Certified Specialist • All Around Good Guy... My Vehicle My Hand Controls My Scooter Lift My Scooter On The Lift How I Got My Vehicle Modifications • Researched scooter lift & hand • • controls options Identified a reputable mobility company Tried to find hand control training in my area...taught myself how to use them...scary!!! Funding Resources • SC Vocational Rehabilitation Dept. – SC Assistive Technology Loan Program – Leslie Shipp 803-896-4553, http://www.scvrd.net/i_assist_tech.php • Disabled American Veterans: www.dav.org • Mobility / Conversion Company Financing • Automobile Manufacturer Adaptive Equipment Programs Adaptive Driving Resources • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, The http://www.driver-ed.org/custom/directory/membership.cfm • Family Village - Univ of Wisconsin http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/at/driving.htm • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/adaptive • National Resource Directory www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/transportation_and_travel/vehicl e_modifications_and_adaptive_equipment Questions? SC Assistive Technology Loan Program Leslie Shipp Community Rehabilitation Assistant Allied Opportunities, Inc. PO Box 280243 Columbia, SC 29228 Phone: (803) 896-4553 Fax: (803) 896-6937 THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!!!