Driver Rehabilitation Program
Our team works closely with patients, their family and community agencies to promote safety on the road.
Who We Are
Our driving rehabilitation program provides evaluation and training for new and experienced drivers. The driving program is a licensed, class D disability driver training school in the state of Ohio. All of our instructors are occupational therapy practitioners who are licensed disability driver training school instructors. We also have a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist on staff and a case manager who can assist clients and their families with community resources and referrals as needed.
Our occupational therapy (OT) staff are also trained CarFit
How Our Program Works
To complete the driving evaluation you must have a referral from your physician. The reports from the evaluation as well as our recommendations will be sent back to your physician.
The first part of our program is a clinical evaluation which helps us get to know you and the reasons you are coming in for a driving evaluation. This part includes a review of your medical history, medications, and driving history. We will also complete assessments for visual skills, thinking and memory skills, reaction time, physical abilities, and understanding of basic road signs and rules. We do have a driving simulator which is used to test your reaction time, as well as visual attention and scanning.
At the end of the clinical evaluation, your OT will discuss the results with you and explain what your next steps will be. Next steps could include completing an on road assessment, completing training with adaptive driving equipment, or education in alternative transportation.
The on road assessment is completed in our program vehicles. This part must be passed for our OT's to recommend continued driving or continued training to your doctor.
The on road assessment begins in a parking lot so you can get familiar with the car and your OT can assess your basic driving skills. Depending on your ability, you may progress to residential streets, commercial streets, and highway driving. Upon completion of the on road assessment, your OT will review the results with you and make recommendations for your driving status.
If driving training is recommended, it will also be completed in our vehicle. If you need training with adaptive equipment, such as hand controls, our OT's will be able to help you choose the type that fits your needs and provide the needed training to help you reach your independence.
Please have someone else drive you to the clinical evaluation, on road assessment and any training.
Who We See
We see clients with a variety of disabilities and conditions including:
- Brain injury
- Neurological disease or neurological problems
- Visual deficits
- Learning disability
- Memory/cognitive issues
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Other conditions/situations that warrant a driving evaluation
We see a wide range of ages in our program. To complete the clinical evaluation, you must be at least 151/2
years old with parental consent for anyone under the age of 18. To complete the on road assessment, you must be at least 18 years old with a valid license or temporary permit.
Frequently Asked Questions:
We do not complete on road testing or training in personal vehicles. Our program vehicles are inspected yearly by the state of Ohio for use as driving training vehicles. We also have an instructor's brake on the passenger side for safety.
We do not have the ability to reinstate or revoke a license. We test performance and report it to the referral source, i.e., physician, court, etc.
All of our on road assessment and training is completed in an area around our clinic. You do not need to be familiar with the roads. The instructor you are with will give you directions each step of the way.
To complete any driving in our vehicle(s), you must have a valid license or temporary permit. This is not needed to complete the clinical evaluation.
Many of our clients are unfamiliar with computers. You do not have to have any prior experience or knowledge of computers to use the simulator. Our OT's will guide you through the process.
Insurance does not cover the cost. Our program is set up as a fee for service. Please call our office for the current pricing. (937) 401-6109
No studying is required. However, you can review the rules of the road and street signs for the clinical evaluation.
- Your license or temporary permit if applicable.
- Glasses or contacts if you use them to drive, and reading glasses if you need them.
- You do need to have someone else drive you to the clinical evaluation, on road assessment, and any training.
"I'm a graduate of the NeuroRehab and Balance Center's driving program. I have received the finest instruction and well as a very friendly instructor to guide me through the rigors of driving again. After completing the course, I passed the driving test. That's not bad for a guy who has lost both of his legs. NRBC has helped to give me the freedom and independence I was looking for. I am now able to drive my wife to the places she needs to go, instead of her driving me. Moreover, you are not forced to sit at home and stare at 4 walls or not be able to work. You have the freedom to explore the world you haven't seen since before your illness.
The instruction you receive will build your confidence back to the way it was before you lost your ability to drive. The instructor will work with you from your first day until you pass the driving exam. Then you too will have the freedom and independence I told you about."