BraunAbility has a wide variety of available mobility solutions, but it’s difficult to decide what’s right for you without some background understanding of your current and future abilities and goals. This is where a driver rehabilitation specialist could help.
Users of BraunAbility’s mobility vans and wheelchair lifts come from all age groups – from teens driving for the first time to adults who need to discover new mobility solutions, to long-time users of wheelchair vans whose transportation needs or desires have changed. Everyone comes into the process of learning about our wheelchair vans or wheelchair lifts with a different set of needs and a different perspective.
Your individual independence requirements, abilities, and accommodation needs will determine what type of mobility solution will work best for you. But how do you know what your exact accommodation needs are? How can you ensure the safety of yourself and others while you are traveling? Can you increase your level of mobility and independence? What adaptive equipment is available to help you accomplish your goals?
The number of considerations that you’ll have to take into account when planning your transportation method may seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to make these determinations on your own, particularly if you are new to mobility vans or other wheelchair-accessible transportation. If you don’t have the answers to all of these questions, choosing the most appropriate mobility solution for your lifestyle just isn’t possible.
Luckily, there are specialists dedicated to helping you answer these questions thoroughly and individually, and an organization developed specifically with the goal of educating these specialists and maintaining high standards for their profession. The organization is ADED, The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, and they have developed an ongoing training and certification program for professionals to ensure that they can successfully provide their clients with the most complete driving rehabilitation services possible.
The professionals they serve are Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS), who have been trained to consider many important factors that you may not realize could affect your mobility. They work with drivers with any type of injury, illness, or condition which requires adapted driving to assist them in accomplishing the highest level of independence possible, and can do the same for passengers.
The services they offer include evaluations to determine how you can achieve the safest, highest level of independence, rehabilitation and education to assist you in accomplishing it, and recommendations of adaptive equipment that will assist you in driving or riding safely and comfortably. Consultations with a CDRS are even covered by some insurance policies, so be sure to find out if this is something your policy will cover.
You can visit ADED’s website and find a CDRS near you who can provide driver rehabilitation and evaluation services, help answer questions about improving your mobility level, and introduce you to adaptive equipment that could make driving safer and easier for you. Whether you are new to considering wheelchair vans or have been driving or riding in them for years, a CDRS may be able to help you discover new opportunities for increasing your mobility.
BraunAbility dealers can implement many of the adaptive modifications and equipment suggested by your CDRS into our wheelchair vans before you take them home, to create the van which is perfectly customized for you. Talk to a certified driver rehabilitation specialist for personalized recommendations and adapted driving education, and find your local BraunAbility dealer and visit in person to experience the wide range of solutions available. There are many options for mobility and you don’t have to figure them out alone- we’re here to help in any way we can. If you have any specific questions about the process, please ask us below!