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Vehicle Technology for Drivers with Disabilities

Vehicle Technology for Drivers with Disabilities One of the cool things about technology is how it can be used to make everyday tasks easier. With technology, we can press a button to open a door, enter a room and have a sensor turn on a light, and speak to any voice service (like Alexa) to…

Why In-Person Training is Monumentally Important for OTs in Driver Rehab Practices

As OTs we value education & training that includes coursework and fieldwork. Frankly, the combination of the two is what we’ve known since our undergraduate days.  In the specialty area of driver rehab, where OTs learn to assess driver’s abilities, then train/retrain drivers using adaptive equipment, both coursework and in-person training are absolutely essential!  __________________________________________________…
Impaired Driving

How becoming physically or mentally impaired affects your license?

In Pennsylvania, what happens to my license if I become physically or mentally impaired? Do you live in the state of Pennsylvania? If so, did you know that your healthcare provider is required by law to report any medical related conditions that may impact your driving? As long as you are 15 years of age…

Building Your Driver Rehab Practice

Tips & Resources for Establishing Systems Chances are that you entered the world of driving rehab because you were passionate about helping others reach their driving goals. It is less likely that you began this journey in order to enjoy all of the paperwork, systems, infrastructure, and policies required to run a business.  Well, fear…

Become an OT DRS

Last month, you learned all about Implementing Driver Rehab Services into your Practice by gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct driving risk assessments. Now, it is time to take the next step and consider becoming a Driver Rehab Specialist by completing our PART 2: OT Driver Rehabilitation Specialist Training.  Our Part 2 offers…

Marketing Your Driver Rehab Services

Now that you have decided to add driver rehab services to your practice, you need to determine how you will market them. First, answer the question – what is your goal for this program? Are you hoping that driver rehab becomes a cornerstone service you provide? Or, is this just a tool to have in…

Implementing Driving Rehab Services into your Practice

You’ve decided that offering driving services will add great value to your practice, but you don’t know how to get started. No worries, we have you covered! Adaptive Mobility Services offers the education and training you need to get moving in the right direction. Whether you are looking to open a new business or enhance…

What does it take to become an OT Driver Rehab Specialist?

When families or caregivers become concerned about a person’s ability to drive, a driving risk assessment can provide the answers drivers and loved ones need in order to make informed decisions. The role of an occupational therapist in these situations, specifically OTs who have received specialized Driver Rehab Specialist training, is crucial for the safety…

Meet Susie Touchinsky

If you’re cruising along the streets of a Pennsylvania town and pass a car occupied by two people who seem to be thoroughly enjoying their drive, you may have just seen Susie Touchinsky and one of her clients.  As “the Driving OT,” Susie has the pleasure of training people who have suffered an injury or…

Addressing Driver Concerns

  The topic of driving and the thought of not being able to drive can bring up a lot of emotions – worry, anxiety, stress – to name a few. I get it. So when I first meet a driver, I like to share that it is my goal to maximize their independence and safety.…

Partnering with Occupational Therapy

  I often work in partnership with referring physicians, and occupational therapy practitioners. I want to see clients who are ready for the car. So partnering with the doctors is essential. When I get a referral, I generally know that the doctor believes the patient is ready, therapy is reaching their goals and the person…

Occupational Therapy Driving Evaluation Process

  April is OT Appreciation Month. And, I am SO proud to be a part of the OT community. This vocational calling is a huge privilege. As I do this work, I often get asked what the evaluation process looks like for someone who wants to drive again. It feels scary and intimidating and, frankly,…