Comprehensive driving services are managed and provided through the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department. This state-certified program is comprised of Certified Driving Instructors (CDI’s) and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS’s). Several vehicles and a variety of adapted driving equipment is available for assessment and training purposes. Program services include the following:
- Occupational Therapy Driving Evaluation
Occupational Therapists assess vision, perception, cognition and motor skills in order to determine an individual’s feasibility for obtaining a driver’s license. Having a learner’s permit or driver’s license is not a prerequisite for this service. Following the evaluation, a report is generated with detailed, individualized recommendations. Recommendations may include:
- Participation in a Learner’s Permit Class
- Participation in Behind-the-Wheel Driver’s Training
- Identification of adapted driving equipment and/or an appropriate vehicles
- Completion of medical clearance with the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Learner’s Permit Class
Following a driving evaluation, students may be referred for a Learner’s Permit Class. In order to participate in this class, necessary forms of identification, per Department of Motor Vehicle standards, are required. Three options for the Learner’s Permit class are offered:
- As a “Stand Alone” service (i.e. a program offered separately from other services at WWRC, such as vocational training). Class size is limited to 6-7 students. Program length is up to 4 weeks with 3 instructional sessions per day.
- As a part of Life Skills Transition Program (LSTP) – (limited availability)
- As a supplemental class for students in a vocational training program - (limited availability)
Students in the vocational training class will be taken to DMV for testing ONLY if staff resources are available. The Stand Alone Program is the primary driving service and priority will be given to these students first.
- Driver’s Training
Behind-the-wheel training can be provided by an Occupational Therapist and/or a Certified Driving Instructor (CDI). In order to participate in driver’s training, an individual is required to have a valid Learner’s Permit. Driver’s training is provided by an Occupational Therapist for persons with medical diagnoses or who need adapted equipment for driving. This service may be provided as part of a comprehensive medical program or as a “Stand Alone” service.
Driver’s training is provided by Certified Driving Instructors (Educators) as a “stand alone” service for individuals that do not have a medical diagnosis, are 19 years and older, and have never had a driver’s license. If a student will be obtaining vocational training at WWRC, the “Stand Alone Driving Program” can be provided before or after this service. The only exception is for students recommended for Auto Mechanics Training. A driver’s license is required before program enrollment for Auto Mechanics.
A student may participate in two or more sessions a day; however the frequency and length of sessions will vary based on the student’s abilities and progress. In order to maximize outcomes, information on family/community support may be sought before or during a student’s program.
- Other Driving Services
- Evaluation and Training in use of Adapted Driving Controls
- Evaluation and training in management of mobility devices for vehicles (i.e. loading/unloading wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, etc)
- Evaluation of van needs for drivers or passengers who use wheelchairs or scooters
- Evaluation and Training for the Aging Population
- Evaluation and Training for Persons that have Bioptic Telescopic Lenses
|Driving Services (DrivingProgramInfo@wwrc.virginia.gov)|
|Phone||800-345-9972, Ext. 7117, or 540-332-7117|