Neuro Rehab & Balance Center Driving Program
Driving rehabilitation program provides evaluation and training to new and experienced drivers. The driving program is a licensed, class D disability driver training school in the state or Ohio.
To complete the driving evaluation, you must have a referral from your physician. Reports from the evaluation as well as recommendations will be sent back to your physician.
First part of the program is a clinical evaluation which helps get to know you and the reasons you are coming in for a driving evaluation. This includes a review of your medical history, medications, and driving history. You will also complete assessments for visual skills, thinking and memory skills, reaction time, physical abilities, and understanding of basic road signs and rules. The program has a driving simulator which is used to test your reaction time, as well as visual attention and scanning
At the end of the clinical evaluation, your OT will discuss the results with you and explain what the next steps will be. Next steps could include completing an on-road assessment, completing training with adaptive driving equipment, or education in alternative transportation
The on-road assessment is completed in the program provided vehicles. This part must be passed for the program’s OT’s to recommend continued driving or continued training to your doctor
The on-road assessment begins in a parking lot to allow you to get familiar with the car and your OT can assess your basic driving skills. Depending on your ability, you may progress to residential streets, commercial streets, and highway driving. Upon completion of the on-road assessment, your OT will review the results and make recommendations for your driving status.
If driving training is recommended, it will also be completed in the program provided vehicle. If you need training with adaptive equipment, such as hand controls, the OT’s will be able to help you choose the type that fits your needs and provide the needed training to help you reach your independence.
All instructors are occupational therapy practitioners who are licensed disability driver training school instructors. A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist is on staff and a case manager who can assist clients and their families with community resources and referrals as needed.
Who they serve:
- Brain injury
- Neurological disease or neurological problems
- Visual deficits
- Learning disability
- Memory/ cognitive issues
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Other conditions/ situations that warrant a driving evaluation
- To complete the clinical evaluation, you must be at least 15 ½ years old with parental consent for anyone under the age of 18. To complete the on-road assessment, you must be at least 18 years old with a valid license or temporary permit.
Program is not covered by insurance