Giving you the skills you need to get back behind the wheel.

The Rehabilitation Driving Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center helps restore mobility to those affected by neurological, orthopedic 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 important reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • Our nationally certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, who has special training in medical conditions and their implications on driving, does on-the-road assessments
  • We make clinical assessments to evaluate changes in physical functioning, vision, perception and processing abilities that could make driving unsafe. Assessments are given by a licensed and registered occupational therapist.
  • We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. 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.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • Since Ohio State’s 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

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

Instruction on 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

Preview of assistive devices on our training van before modification of 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

Evaluation of skills you need to safely and effectively operate a vehicle, including:

  • Completing a driving course with driving specialist
  • Following directions of specialist regarding traffic flow, traffic lights and turns
  • Additional training, if needed

Transportation Resources

Connecting you with community information for:

  • Public transportation
  • Shuttles
  • Senior transit services and more

Vehicle Modification Recommendations

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

Treatment Team

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

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