Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation Center is one of the most comprehensive and highly-regarded driving programs in the Midwest. The program provides driver evaluation and education to help individuals with disabilities learn or re-learn how drive and gain independence. A fleet of adaptive vehicles can be configured to suit individuals with varying disabilities. The center also offers a low-vision program for teens and young adults.
- Evaluation and education for experienced drivers who have acquired a disability;
- Evaluation and education for people with disabilities who are interested in getting a driver's license for the first time;
- Comprehensive evaluation and examination for senior citizens to determine whether they can still drive safely.
Driver Evaluation Video
The 2.5-hour driver evaluation is designed to provide a comprehensive, objective appraisal of a person’s ability to drive. It occurs in two parts: The clinical occupational therapy evaluation assesses the individual’s vision, perception, cognition, and motor function. The behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in one of Marianjoy’s driver rehabilitation vehicles, assesses an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
At the conclusion of the evaluation, the driver rehabilitation specialist will discuss with the client and family (as appropriate) recommendations for driving. Questions regarding adaptive equipment, restricted driving, or alternative transportation will also be addressed. The final evaluation report, with recommendations, is sent to the referring physician.
Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation program includes a fleet of sedans and minivans. Each of these vehicles can be adapted with necessary equipment to meet the client’s particular needs. In addition, the wheelchair-accessible minivans are designed to enable individuals to drive from their wheelchairs or to transfer into the driver’s seat.
Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation specialists work with students experiencing vision, cognitive, and/or motor impairments. Marianjoy is the only Driver Rehabilitation program in the Chicago area that is also a certified driving school. We meet the state requirements for driver education and can coordinate services with the students' high schools.
Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation program is the only program in Illinois that includes a low-vision program, which is a highly specialized component of the driving program. Our staff works with vision specialists to evaluate and train individuals who are not able to meet Illinois state driving requirements with conventional corrective lenses.
As advocates for our clients, Marianjoy's driver rehabilitation specialists are available to accompany an individual to the Secretary of State's office for their driving test. We will also work with local vendors, on the individual's behalf, to obtain adaptive equipment needed for a client's vehicle.
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Marianjoy's Driver Rehabilitation program staff have completed extensive training and testing to receive the designation of certified driver rehabilitation specialists. Few individuals in the state of Illinois have obtained this exceptional qualification.
Marianjoy Driver Rehabilitation staff are also members of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association