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Listing: Drivers Rehabilitation Programs - Chicago Area and Beyond

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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.

Below is a listing of programs in Chicago area. NOTE: If you live outside of the Chicago area, please click on the link below to locate one in your city and state.

Association for Drivers Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) 
Phone: 866-672-9466
https://www.aded.net/
To locate a drivers rehab specialist in your area please:

  • Go to the above link
  • Click "I need assessment of training"
  • Go to search here in the paragraph "Certified Drivers Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)"
  • Complete the fields for search instructions
  • Hit "continue" to locate places .

AMITA Health Rehabilitation Hospital in partnership with Shirley Ryan Abilitylab
Driver rehab
935 Beisner Rd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
847.640.3119
https://www.amitahealth.org/location/amita-health-rehabilitation-hospital-elk-grove-village-in-partnership-with-shirley-ryan-abilitylab

Chicago Lighthouse Driving Rehabilitation Program
for drivers with vision loss only

1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois 60608
312- 666-1331
https://chicagolighthouse.org/program/driving-rehabilitation-program/

Strive For Independence
staffed by OTs/Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
1919 S Highland Ave Building C Suite 119
Lombard, IL 60148 
Call (630) 984-1919
https://www.striveforindependence.org/
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.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
*Driver evaluations*
Building 228, Room 5012
708-202-8387 Ext. 24382
https://www.hines.va.gov/services/Driver_Rehabilitation.asp

Loyola University Medical Center
1219 W. Roosevelt Road
Maywood, Illinois 60153
888-584-7888
https://www.loyolamedicine.org/find-a-condition-or-service/rehabilitative-services/rehabilitation-services

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Wheaton Campus
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
630.909.6080
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.
https://marianjoy.org/rehab-technology/MARTI/Driver-Rehab.aspx

Northshore University Health System Driver Rehab
Evanston Hospital | 847.570.2000
2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
https://www.northshore.org/physical-medicine-rehabilitation/our-pr

Rush University Medical Center Driver Programs/Driving Rehab Program
1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 440
Chicago, Illinois 60612
(312) 563-2454 
https://www.rush.edu/treatments/driving-rehabilitation

Strive For Independence
staffed by OTs/Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
1919 S Highland Ave Building C Suite 119
Lombard, IL 60148 
Call (630) 984-1919
https://www.striveforindependence.org/
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.

You may find the following links helpful:

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists - Driving Fact sheets
ADED has developed a series of Fact Sheets on disabilities and driving.  All Fact Sheets are available for download, open to the public to share.
https://www.aded.net/page/510

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center driving factsheet: https://msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/driving-after-traumatic-brain-injury

This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here  for further details.© Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) Henry B. Betts LIFE Center – (312) 238-5433

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