NorthShore’s Driving Program evaluates individuals with physical, cognitive and perceptual deficits to determine their potential to resume or continue independent driving. The need for and ability to use adaptive equipment may also be assessed.

This program involves two key components:

  1. A clinical evaluation conducted by an experienced occupational therapist with specialized training in the field of driving rehab
  2. A behind-the-wheel evaluation under the direction of a driving instructor who has special training working with people with disabilities

During the clinical evaluation, the occupational therapist will:

  • Gather information about the individual’s driving, medical and social history
  • Assess functional mobility and strength
  • Conduct a vision screening
  • Measure reaction time
  • Test cognitive and perceptual skills

The behind-the-wheel evaluation includes assessment of the individual’s basic skills in various traffic and driving conditions. Driving training may be indicated. Conducted by the driving instructor, this program may focus on learning driving procedures and maneuvers on the road with or without specialized equipment or a modified vehicle.

For more information, call 847.570.1260.

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