What to expect when contacting Good Shepherd’s Driver Evaluation and Training Program
When entering the Adaptive Driving Program you will be evaluated to determine your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, with or without adaptive driving aids. The evaluation provides our adaptive driving program staff with critical information to provide to the applicable referral source (e.g. physician, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, worker's compensation).
To be eligible for Good Shepherd’s Driver Training and Evaluation Program, you must:
- Be medically stable and have reached optimal physical and cognitive potential
- Be seizure-free for the past six months
- Have state-required vision quality
At your appointment, a Good Shepherd assistive technology professional will conduct a series of tests involving cognition, vision and reaction time. When appropriate, you will then be taken out on the road with a certified driver rehabilitation specialist in a vehicle that has dual brake controls for your safety. Adaptive equipment may be used. A valid driver’s license is needed to complete this portion of the evaluation. The entire evaluation lasts approximately two hours.
Upon completion, a copy of your driver evaluation report will be provided to the appropriate parties. If you are recommended for driver training, Good Shepherd will have a certified driving instructor contact you to schedule training.
Once driver training is complete, Good Shepherd will provide a certified driving instructor to accompany you to your driver’s test for your state retest, if applicable.
For more information on the Adaptive Driving Program please call the Assistive Technology Program at 610-776-3517 or 610-776-8302.