We’re Experts at helping you get back behind the wheel
We’re Experts at helping you get back behind the wheel
Driver Rehab Therapy is a ministry-approved Functional Assessment Centre and a WSIB preferred provider for vehicle modifications and driving assessments.  Dozens of physicians, occupational therapists, and case managers across the province rely on our expertise and professionalism for their patients’/clients’  transportation issues.  Our mandate is to ensure that all drivers with disabilities are able to use our motorways as competent and independent drivers and if required, using modifications that are custom to their unique needs.

Driver Rehab Therapy employs a highly skilled driver assessment team. Owned and operated by Shirley Rolin, a respected and knowledgeable expert in the field, Driver Rehab Therapy focuses only on Driver Rehabilitation and issues related to driving and vehicle modifications.

About Your Driving Assessment

Clinical Evaluation

Your evaluation begins with our occupational therapist/Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.  She will review your medical history and current physical abilities including a visual screen. She will also use evidence-based tools to assess perceptual and cognitive abilities and complex problem solving abilities that are paramount to driving.

The Clinical Evaluation also includes an assessment of your vehicle and discussion of potential adaptive driving equipment for your specific medical condition and functional abilities.

On-Road Evaluation

Operating one of our dual-brake controlled vehicles, the evaluation begins in a residential area and progresses to four-lane roads and highway driving.  We use our evaluation vehicle for safety reasons.  The driving instructor is seated in the front passenger seat.  The occupational therapist is seated in the back seat to observe your responses.  The On-Road Evaluation assesses:

  • physical ability and endurance
  • cognitive/behavioural skills
  • visual/perceptive skills
  • response to the traffic environment
  • impact of your disability on driving competency

Results of your Driver’s Assessment

Based on all the information gathered during both parts of the evaluation, the occupational therapist, in collaboration with the driving instructor, will make a recommendation regarding your suitability to drive.  This recommendation will be given to you at the time of the assessment, as well as a written evaluation mailed to you.

The goal of an assessment is to provide a recommendation regarding if your medical condition is impacting on your ability to drive.

Each year, we conduct hundreds of assessments for drivers like you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to pay for a Driver Assessment?
Costs for a Driver Assessment are not covered by The Ministry of Transportation or Ministry of Health. An extended healthcare plan that covers occupational therapy services may fund a portion of the assessment. Please check with your extended healthcare provider.

The fee includes the services of an occupational therapist and a driving instructor, the use of the vehicle, the associated insurance costs and the preparation of a detailed report.

Will you take away my license?
No. Only The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has the authority to suspend a driver’s license. We evaluate your cognitive, visual and physical abilities and determine if a medical condition is affecting your ability to drive safely. Our report is forwarded to The Ministry of Transportation, Medical Review Section for their review and decisions.
What is the expertise of your staff?

All of the occupational therapists on staff are Certified Driver Rehab Specialists. (CDRS)  A CDRS is a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist with additional training and certification. CDRS professionals are those that have successfully passed a certification examination through The Association for Driver Rehab Specialists (ADED) and regularly complete education in the field of driver rehabilitation to maintain their credentials. CDRS’s offer specific assessment and instruction skills, experience, and understanding when it comes to those with physical, cognitive, and visual challenges. Currently, there are approximately 30 active CDRS’s in Canada.

CDRS’s must maintain their education and work experience over time to stay current in the field and retain their certification. Each CDRS is obligated to follow ADED’s Best Practices to keep driver evaluations standardized, formalized and objective. This keeps competency high and ensures credibility. Only ADED can grant the CDRS certification degree. ADED is the only organization solely dedicated to the professional educational needs of the driver rehabilitation specialist.

All of the Driving Instructors on staff have years of experience working with clients with medical issues.  While they all are Licensed Driving Instructors, each one has taken many courses on medical issues and training with modified equipment. All of the Driving Instructors work under the supervision of your occupational therapist.

Can I have training without doing an assessment?

ADED’s Best Practices recommends commencing with a Comprehensive Driver Assessment to determine the specific needs of that client prior to participating in any training sessions.

How long does it take to get an appointment?

We are booking within 2-3 weeks.

What type of cars and modifications do you have?

Our fleet consists of 3 vehicles-a GM Equinox, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3.  All of our vehicles have automatic transmission and dual controlled brakes.

Each vehicle has an array of “standard” modified driving controls including a number of different styles of hand controls, left foot accelerators, steering spinner devices, special mirrors, crossover signal bars and extensions for dash controls.

Who can make a referral?

Referrals to Driver Rehab Therapy for those with disabilities can be made by physicians, specialists, eye doctors, occupational therapists, case managers, driving schools, gerontologists, parents or spouses, the individuals themselves, and other sources. A “disability” is classified as a condition impeding completion of daily tasks using traditional methods. A disability can include: physical impairments affecting movement, such as amputation, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke; sensory impairments, such as poor vision or hearing loss/deafness; cognitive impairments, such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain injury; and psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.

We also work with older drivers and their families to address the challenges of diminishing driving skills.

Can I drive my own car?

We use our Evaluation Vehicles for the Assessment.  For safety reasons, our vehicles have an instructors brake installed on the front passenger side and extra mirrors.

What happens in a Driver Evaluation?

Individuals who have been reported to The Ministry of Transportation, Medical Review Section by a physician for a medical condition that may effect judgment, co-ordination or motor power may be required to undergo a formal Driver Evaluation with an occupational therapist at a Ministry Approved Functional Assessment Centre.

The ministry will make a decision to request a Driver Evaluation based on information provided by the physician relating to the extent of the deficits resulting from the medical condition.

A Driver Evaluation consists of a clinical and behind-the-wheel  component. The evaluation process generally includes assessment of physical function, vision, perception, attention, motor function, and reaction time, in addition to an actual driving performance assessment. Based on the evaluation results, the occupational therapist will determine if your medical condition is impacting on your driving ability, if any adaptive driving equipment is needed or whether you require driver rehabilitation or training. A Comprehensive Driver Assessment takes approximately 3 hours to complete, and training is customized to the unique needs of each individual. Some of the recommended vehicle adaptations could include lifts; ramps; custom seating; steering devices, such as spinner knobs and other specially-designed handles for the steering wheel; hand controls; foot pedal extensions; special mirrors; extenders and extensions for dash controls; and other adaptive tools.

Why are you more expensive than other centres?

The ministry is not responsible for the driving evaluation fees. The cost of the evaluation is set by each individual assessment centre and is not covered by OHIP. The cost generally ranges from $500 – $850.  Our fee is an average of the range based on the credentials and expertise of our occupational therapists and driving instructors.  We provide a personalized service to our clients including assistance with the MTO process, scheduled appointments within a 2-3 weeks time frame and reports submitted to MTO within 1 week of the assessment date. 

Who makes arrangements for one day temporary licenses?

Our office will arrange for the One Day Temporary driver’s license from MTO required for the assessment date.

Do I need a license to have an assessment?

You must have a valid driver’s license to participate in the on-road portion of the evaluation.  However, if your driver’s license is medically suspended, Driver Rehab Therapy can request a One Day Temporary Driver’s license through The Ministry of Transportation, Medical Review Section, for evaluation purposes.  The ministry will review your file and may provide you with a temporary driver’s license for rehabilitation purposes in order to participate in the Driver Assessment or training sessions.

Do you do trucking and motorcycle assessments?

We are able to complete trucking and motorcycle assessments and training for persons with disabilities and provide modifications to assist with independent driving.  Trucking and motorcycle licensing is completed through the ministry.

If I have an assessment, will you report me to the Ministry of Transportation?

We will not use or disclose your personal information without your consent except in the following circumstances:

  • When required by law or law enforcement purposes.
  • For an emergency that threatens life, health or security i.e. imminent danger
  • To a third party that we have contracted with to work on our behalf in providing services to you or to assist us in understanding your needs and preferences