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Adaptive Driving Program in the Inland Empire: On the Road Again

There's an unspoken sense of pride that comes from being behind the wheel of your own car - going wherever you want, whenever you want, without relying on a family member, friend or public transportation. Whether you're an older driver adapting to the aging process, or recovering from a disabling injury or illness, driving represents your freedom.

Our Adaptive Driver Program can give you and your loved ones peace of mind, while helping you get back into the driver's seat - even if you have/had a spinal cord injury, stroke, head injury, arthritis, amputation, neurological, or sensory dysfunction or other disabling condition. Our occupational therapist specializes in driver training and works closely with the Department of Motor Vehicles, so this professional has a keen understanding of what's required to help you obtain or maintain your driver's license.

The Adaptive Driver Program is recommended if you have either long-standing or new limitations of:

  • Physical strength
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Vision
  • Safety perception
  • Decision-making

The program includes four key components:

Clinical Assessment: Our occupational therapist will evaluate your physical status, cognition, and communication skills as well as attitude and behavior. If further evaluation or training is required, you will have access to a wide range of clinical services available at Casa Colina by referral.

Behind-the-Wheel Evaluation: Our occupational therapist will evaluate your basic skills in vehicle operation, along with your knowledge of road and traffic situations. Your vision, reaction speed cognition and other practical skills will be measured using appropriate clinical tools. If needed, you'll have access to driving aides, such as adjustable hand controls, steering devices and a left-foot accelerator. For your safety, our vehicle is also equipped with dual steering, gas and brake pedals.

Engineering and Equipment: If you should need adaptive equipment, our occupational therapist will make specific recommendations. We'll provide you with resource information to help you choose the vehicle or specially constructed devices that are right for you. We will also show you ways to compensate for particular problems, such as hearing impairment, movement deficits, or perceptual difficulties.

Training: We'll show you basic vehicle operation, road skills, driving in accordance with the law and the use of adaptive equipment. Our occupational therapist's instruction also includes the loading and unloading of a wheelchair and appropriate parking. We'll prepare you for DMV testing and independent driving. If you prefer, we can help you make arrangements for training through other sources.

We want you to be able drive safely and competently, regardless of the kind or extent of your disability.

To speak to a representative, please call 909/596-7733, ext. 3500 or toll-free 866/724-4127, ext. 3500.