Return to Driving: Considerations for Therapists

Description: Driving is a complex everyday living task that often needs to be addressed with clients after hospitalizations.  Individuals that have had a CVA, SCI, an exacerbation of a disease, limb amputation, or a host of other medical problems may present with symptoms that influence if the individual can safely return to driving. This webinar explores what the State of Illinois requirements are for return to driving, the variety of deficits that can potentially impact driving, what the adaptive options to driving could be, and what alternative options to driving could be.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the State of Illinois driver licensing requirements for adults.
  • Discuss physical, cognitive and visual/perceptual deficits factor into an individual’s ability to return to driving after a medical event.
  • Express adaptive equipment options to foster a safe return to driving after a medical event.

Instructor:  Vicky McKenna, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Alexian Brothers Medical Center

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy 

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 00569. This distance learning – independent and interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Basic Computer Requirements:  You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox & Google Chrome
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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