Being able to drive is a sign of independence and freedom. A disability can affect driving, but many individuals do return to safe and independent driving. In some cases, this may require evaluation by a Driver Rehabilitation Program.
Driver Rehabilitation Programs are staffed by occupational therapists, rehabilitation engineers, and certified driving instructors. This team of professionals provides a comprehensive clinical and behind the wheel (BTW) evaluation. The goal is to determine an individual's potential for driving and recommend specific equipment for their vehicle if necessary.
To schedule a driver evaluation, a prescription from a physician or vision specialist is required. The prescription must include the patient's diagnosis, and must also state, "OT Driver Evaluation and Treatment."
Most insurance providers cover the cost of the clinical, but not the BTW, evaluation. When calling for information, ask about alternative funding sources.
Chicago Lighthouse Driving Rehabilitation Program
for drivers with vision loss only
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Building 228, Room 5012
708-202-8387 Ext. 24382
Loyola University Medical Center
1219 W. Roosevelt Road
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Note: This location also offers a Teen Driving Program which coordinates services for teens with special needs in nearby high schools; a highly specialized low vision program; and a program that offers an adapted van for persons who drive from their wheelchairs.
Northshore University Health System Driver Rehab
Evanston Hospital | 847.570.2000
2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Rush University Medical Center Driving Rehab Program
1725 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612
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