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Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation Program

Program Goals
Driving can be a key to independence for people with disabilities. Our program provides evaluation and training to help people achieve that goal with instruction and behind the wheel driving experience.
 
Program Services
Touro Infirmary’s Driver Assessment and Rehabilitation Program is a Louisiana Rehabilitation Services-approved provider. Our occupational therapist is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist and a state certified Bioptic driving trainer. The program offers clients:
  • Clinical screening (examines vision, motor skills, perception, cognition, judgment and knowledge of driving. It typically takes about 2 hours to complete.
  • In-car evaluation of driving performance, when indicated by good clinical performance, driving history, or other factors. It typically takes about 2 hours to complete.
  • Driver’s training in the use of certain assistive devices such as hand controls, left foot accelerator, and steering devices. The training is typically conducted in several 2-hour sessions, depending upon the needs of the client.
  • Bioptic driver training using a specially prescribed bioptic lens for clients with low vision. This training is state mandated to include 30 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and is typically conducted in 15 2-hour sessions.
  • New driver training for individuals having physical, cognitive or behavioral changes that affect driving or the ability to learn to drive.
  • Older driver services to include CarFit, driving alternative recommendations, and resources.
  • Recommendations regarding performance, future needs, adaptive equipment needs, suggested therapy or activities that may be useful to improve performance are provided to each client.
Client Criteria
Clients include individuals who are free of medical conditions that would make them unsafe to drive (i.e. seizure free for six months or longer, not taking medications that make you drowsy, etc.). They should be able to transfer into our specially adapted vehicle and sit behind the wheel of the car with minimal to moderate assistance to participate. Clients with a driver’s license must have a clear license to participate in the in-car portion of the assessment or any recommended training (i.e. not under suspension or revocation). Any suspensions/revocations must be cleared prior to getting in the vehicle. Individuals without a driver’s license can participate in training with a learner’s permit. Finally clients can include someone with:
  • Physical disability
  • Cognitive disability
  • Mental disability
  • Older adults who may be at risk for being involved in or causing a crash
  • People with low vision
Referrals
Clients must have medical clearance and a Louisiana physician’s prescription to participate in the program. To make a referral or for more information, please call (504) 897-8557 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email Judy Otto at judy.otto@touro.com
Clients must have medical clearance and a Louisiana physician’s prescription to participate in the program. To make a referral or for more information, please call (504) 897-8557 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email Judy Otto at 
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