Adapted Driving Program
Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute
1012 E. Willetta
Phoenix, Arizona, 85006
Banner Good Samaritan's Occupational Therapy Department offers its Adapted Driving Program to disabled clients who want to drive.
Who is eligible?
We see clients with a variety of disabilities and conditions including:
- Head injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neurological disease or neurological problems
- Learning disability
- Cerebral palsy
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Congenital birth defects
We will evaluate the application of any person who is of legal driving age, 16-years-old or older.
How do you apply?
You will need your physician's referral and a valid Arizona driver's license or permit to apply for the Adapted Driving Program.
What happens next?
Evaluation - Once you're referred and accepted in the program, we assess your physical needs and driving knowledge. The evaluation is broken into two sections:
- A clinical evaluation helps us determine your visual perception, reaction times and other necessary skills for driving safely
- A behind-the-wheel assessment helps us evaluate your driving skills in an actual traffic situation
Training - A Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist will train you using one of our vehicles that have been adapted for "behind-the-wheel" driver training. Specialists can also perform car and van evaluations. Training includes:
- Reviewing safe driving procedures and maneuvers
- Increasing your endurance in traffic situations
- Selecting the right adaptive equipment for your driving needs
- Maintaining that equipment
- Practicing emergency procedures and defensive driving
How long does the program last?
The length of the program depends entirely on your disability and previous driving experience.
The program teaches clients in wheelchairs
how to transfer from their chair to the driver's
seat, to fold up the chair and load it, and to
drive using hand controls.
Fees for the Adapted Driving Program are charged on an hourly rate, as are other therapy programs at the Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute. Because the program is managed by occupational therapists, some insurance companies will assist with costs. Staff can also suggest other funding sources.
What are the hours of the program?
Appointments for evaluation or training are available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To schedule an adapted driving evaluation, please call (602) 839-4757 or have your physician's office complete and fax our outpatient referral form.