I repeatedly run accross questions and driving with a disability and thought it would be a good topic to discuss in this blog. I was shocked to learn that you do not need a special driver’s license to drive if you have a disability. With that said, you are encouraged to follow the proper process to talk with a specialist in the field to help you determine if you should be driving and then what they would recommend in terms of adaptive equipment.
ADED the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists is devoted primarily to the support of professionals working in the field of driver education and transportation equipment modification for persons with disabilities. The Association provides key components of education and information dissemination.
ADED’s functional services will be accomplished through educational conferences, professional development programs, research support, legislative efforts, and encouraging equipment development to maximize transportation options for persons with disabilities.
Their Web site is http://www.driver-ed.org/ and their phone number is 828-855-1623. You can contact them to locate a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in your area. The term Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (DRS) signifies one who ‘plans, develops, coordinates and implements driver rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities.
The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by:
A. providing measurement of a standard of current knowledge desirable for individuals practicing driver rehabilitation;
B. encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among driver rehabilitation specialists;
C. formally recognizing driver rehabilitation specialists who fulfill the requirement for certification.