This program supports safe driving through vehicle adaptation and skills development.

The Rehabilitation Driving Program at Ohio State’s 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 and skill development services for:

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

People of all ages and with diverse medical conditions seek Ohio State for evaluation and training that will enable them to drive more safely. Here’s why:

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal clinical assessment to evaluate changes in physical functioning, vision, perception and processing abilities that could impact driving safety. Assessments are given by a licensed and registered occupational therapist and will lead to an individualized care plan.

Special Services: Our nationally certified driving rehabilitation specialist, who has special training in medical conditions and their implications on driving, does on-the-road assessments.

Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge.

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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