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Driver Rehabilitation

One of the most highly regarded programs in Illinois, Marianjoy’s Driver Rehabilitation program provides driver evaluation and education for people with disabilities. Services include:

  1. Evaluation and education for experienced drivers who have acquired a disability.
  2. Evaluation and education for people with disabilities who are interested in getting a driver’s license for the first time.
  3. Comprehensive evaluation and examination for senior citizens to determine whether they can still drive safely.
  4. An adapted van designed for people who will drive from a wheelchair or are unable to load their wheelchair on their own after transferring. Marianjoy’s adapted van is a key component of the program because it can be set up in different configurations for steering, accelerating and braking.

Driver Evaluation Video

The Program

When you begin the Driver Rehabilitation program at Marianjoy, your physical skills and behind-the-wheel abilities will be evaluated. After taking a driving and personal history from you, our specialists will evaluate your vision, perception, thinking, motor function and reaction time.

Then our specialists will evaluate your behind-the-wheel driving skills, including maneuvering skills, residential and highway driving and driving in moderate to high traffic.

Based on these assessments, your driver rehabilitation specialist may recommend one of the following:

  • New driver behind-the-wheel training, with or without adaptive equipment.
  • Behind-the-wheel training with adaptive equipment for experienced drivers.
  • Reviewing and re-establishing driving skills for experienced drivers.
  • Alternative transportation options to discuss with you and your family.

Low Vision Program

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 while using conventional corrective lenses.

Advocacy

Marianjoy’s driver rehabilitation specialists are your advocates. When it’s time to take your road test at the Secretary of State’s office, a certified driver rehabilitation specialist can accompany you. If your vehicle needs adaptive equipment, a member of our staff will work with local vendors on your behalf. Our goal is to help you take advantage of the training and technology available today so that you may drive safely tomorrow.

You Want the Best

Our Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists have passed extensive tests to obtain this exceptional qualification. There are only a few of these specialists in the state of Illinois. Marianjoy’s Driver Rehabilitation staff are members of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association .

For More Information

To participate in the driver rehabilitation program, you must be at least 15 years old and require specialized evaluation, education or equipment. A physician’s referral is required. We can accept your doctor’s written referral, or you can schedule an appointment with one of the Marianjoy Medical Group physicians by calling 630-909-7000.

Comprehensive driver rehabilitation is available at:
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

26W171 Roosevelt Road

Wheaton, IL 60187


For information, please call 630-909-6082 or email Anne Hegberg, MS, OTR/L at ahegberg@marianjoy.org. To schedule an appointment, please call 630-909-7152.

The location below offer limited driver rehabilitation services. Please contact the facility for more information:

Marianjoy at Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation in Palos Heights
For information, please call 708-239-6060

 

Estimated Cost of Driver Rehabilitation at Marianjoy