The Adaptive Driving Process
Hello, I’m...
Tom Jackman, SCVRD
• Graduate of:
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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!!!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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National Highway Traffic Safety Association
www.nhtsa.dot.gov
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Association for Driver Rehab Specialists
www.driver-ed.org
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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
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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!!!
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