Driving With Hand Controls

Certified Hand Control License Information

Hand Controls are prescribed by a Doctor through a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS). Mobility of Denver will need to work off of the Prescription when ordering and installing anyHand Control or electronic devise in your vehicle. Below are the certified facilities Mobility of Denver currently works with:

 


Craig Hospital Driving Program

3425 S. Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80113
Contact: (303) 789-8000

If you are a Patient of Craig Hospital, you can work on getting your Hand Control License with their team.

 


CNS Adaptive Driving Solutions

7800 S Elati Street
Suite 302
Littleton, CO 80120
Contact: (970) 493-6667

All other drivers can apply for the CNS Adaptive Driving Certification program.

 


ADED Driver Rehabilitation Database

To find a CDRS in your area, please refer to the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)’s website directory.


Steps To Driving With Hand Controls

Information about training and acquiring your Hand Control Certificate

When someone can no longer use their legs or it becomes too difficult to drive a vehicle, driving with Adaptive Equipment is crucial to maintaining independence. While getting back on the road is a huge motivator, it can be difficult to map out the best path to get there as each situation is unique. There is a great article titled Staying Behind The Wheel by Elise Oberliesen on the Momentum Magazine Website which chronicles one woman’s journey to get back to driving while living with MS:
http://momentummagazineonline.com/staying-behind-wheel/

Mobility of Denver will perform the actual vehicle modifications and equipment install, but this is not the primary component of getting out and being able to drive. The lead up to that point requires driving rehabilitation and certification to ensure safety on the road. The prospective driver will need a doctor’s referral and a valid driver’s license to start. This may require a temporarily changed “rehabilitation permit” for the training, depending on your states guidelines. You will need to contact an Occupational Therapist (OT) and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) in order to find out the requirements for your area.

Driving rehabilitation programs generally consist of the following four (4) components which will lead to being able to have a Hand Control certification on your driver’s license:

  1. Clinical Evaluation. An OT will assesses an individual’s vision, cognition, range of motion, strength and reaction time. These are all critical aspects of safe driving.
  2. Referrals for Additional Assistance from other Specialists. If the clinician notices visual, cognitive or physical limitations during the evaluation, they will refer people to specialists. About 25 percent of drivers receive referrals, according to the article.
  3. Driving Evaluation and Training, done by a CDRS.  A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist will assess how well drivers do during actual time behind the wheel and will acquaint drivers with adaptive controls in the car as needed. This can be the longest part of the process but is critical to ensuring all the areas the driver needs assistance with are identified and adaptive equipment is prescribed.
  4. Finally: Vehicle Modification and Equipment Install. Based on the recommendations made during the evaluation, drivers will receive a “prescription” from their CDRS for the specific equipment needed. This prescription will include additional information for Mobility of Denver to install.

The above describes the best case scenario but this will not always be the case, an individual may not pass the evaluation and training with a CDRS, and is no longer considered a safe driver.
This decision will be a difficult one but is important to have with family and friends to discuss alternative transportation options. Independence is always the goal at Mobility of Denver, your “Partner in Independence” in the state of Colorado.


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