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.
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.
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.
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.
We are booking within 2-3 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our office will arrange for the One Day Temporary driver’s license from MTO required for the assessment date.
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.
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.
We will not use or disclose your personal information without your consent except in the following circumstances: