Wheelchair Users can Return to Driving

Are you a wheelchair user looking to return to driving?

Wheelchair users can return to driving & we can help! Listen in to commonly asked questions & answers as Braun Ability sits down with expert Susie Touchinsky!

Q & A

As a wheelchair user, I want to be able to drive my vehicle.  What are the things I need to think about?

First and foremost, many wheelchair users can return to driving! To determine if you are able to drive your vehicle, start by contacting your local driver rehab specialist and BraunAbility dealer.  They can answer some basic questions and connect you with the right resources. Driver rehabilitation specialists know the adaptive equipment options that are available and will work with you to select the best equipment solutions for you and take you through the adaptive equipment process, including training and writing your adaptive equipment prescription.


What do I need to know before contacting a Driver Evaluator?

A specialist in driving rehab is a skilled professional trained to evaluate what your driving needs are. Our goal is to help all clients, including wheelchair users, return to driving. We know a lot about the equipment options and will use this information along with your preferences to help make the best equipment selection for you. We also work closely with a Qualified Mobility Dealer (QAP) to ensure the best outcomes. 

While shopping ahead of time may be helpful, it is important to work with the specialist to explore your options and then collaboratively with the DRS & mobility dealer to select the equipment that is best for you. Together, the specialist & dealer work to make sure you are getting equipment that is a good fit for you! Not just a good sale for the seller 🙂 Plus, part of my job as a specialist will be to let you try the equipment and figure out what feels and works best for you.  


What is a typical process for driver training with a specialist?

  • Your first visit is a comprehensive driving evaluation.  This will include clinical assessment followed by a behind-the-wheel assessment. It’s during this behind the wheel that the DRS will help select the equipment that is best for you.  You will get to try the equipment and then set up a schedule for training.
  • Then the specialist will take you thru the training process to ensure proficiency with the equipment.
  • Next, the specialist will also help you to think about vehicle options such as if you need a transfer seat, remote entry, or even a remote ramp to get into your van.
  • Depending on the state you live in, your specialist will support you thru the adaptive equipment driver’s licensing process.
  • Finally, the specialist will write you a prescription for your equipment, help connect you with a dealer in your area, and join you for your vehicle pick up for a final fitting.

The process is easy and the specialist is with you every step of the way.


Is it possible to drive my current vehicle?

This is a very common question, and the answer is sometimes.  There are many factors that go into determining the best and safest outcome for driving.   We ideally love to keep you in your current vehicle but this is not always the best option.  The specialist will determine whether it is best for you to drive from your wheelchair or transfer to a seat to drive.  The BraunAbility Dealer can then determine if your current vehicle can meet your needs based on the prescribed solution. Bottom line, wheelchair users can return to driving and we are with you every step of the way!


How do I find a Driver Specialist? 

If you live in Pennsylvania & New Jersey and would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Adaptive Mobility or email susie@adaptivemobility.com. 

Susie Touchinsky

Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS is an occupational therapist and certified driver rehabilitation specialist offering decades of experience, knowledge, and professional support for drivers, families, caregivers, and practitioners.