Occupational Therapists and Driving

It is not unusual for persons aged 75 years old and above to drive their car in the US (or anywhere else for that matter.) Although driving is a complex skill, it may represent freedom, control, and competence.  It may be important economically and socially. However, the ability to drive safely may be affected by changes in physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

Occupational therapists have a role in driver rehabilitation.  AngTherapist.com outlines the main information for professionals from the Older Driver Safety website of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

o       How to Get Started in Driving Rehabilitation 
o       Professional Development

  • Specialty Certification
  • Continuing Education

o       Toolkit for Professionals

  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Web Resources
  • Client Education
  • Tips on Setting Up Referral Pathways
  • Driver Refresher Courses
  • Brochures and Fact Sheets

o       Good Practices Report

  • Articles
  • AOTA Official Document:  Driving and Community Mobility
  • Brochures and Fact Sheets
  • Good Practices Report:  Driving Evaluations and Retraining Programs
  • Bibliography
  • Online Libraries
  • Web Resources
  • Glossary
  • Online Library
  • Web Resources
  • Glossary

o       Join the Driving Listserv (For AOTA members only)
o       Raise Community Awareness
o       Career Opportunities
o       For Physicians and Referrers

For consumers and caregivers, please click here.

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