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Driving with a Disability – Clinical and Technical perspectives

Recorded at the International Seating Symposium in March 2009

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Linda van Roosmalen, Ph.D. and Amy Lane, OTR/L, CDRS

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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Paratransit services or public transportation service are commonly used by wheelchair users to gain access to the community for purposes of employment, socialization, access to essential services, and for the operation of households and businesses. For those individuals that are eligible and have available funds, a personal vehicle that meets the needs of the wheelchair-seated individual may be preferred for personal transportation needs.

When wheelchair-seated individuals decide to drive their own vehicle, a driving evaluation and appropriate vehicle modification are the keys to a safe ride. Some of the clinical and technical aspects that ensure driver safety include evaluation and training in the proper use of vehicle adaptive equipment, including primary and secondary driving controls, the wheelchair securement system and configuration of lap and shoulder belts. The choice of wheelchair is also critical, especially with regard to the armrest configuration and the wheelchair backrest.

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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the safety and usability issues related to entering a vehicle, getting positioned, and being protected during a motor vehicle impact.
  • Identify and demonstrate basic awareness of adaptive equipment and vehicle modifications used by persons with disabilities.
  • Understand the role of the CDRS in the driving rehabilitation process.


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

*Instructions for processing payment to receive CEUs

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After creating the profile, click on:

  1. Register for CE Courses and Program
  2. Webinars
  3. Select :  Driving with a Disability…..
  4. Click on method of payment
  5. Submit payment

You will receive a payment confirmation via e-mail. Please note you will only be able to access the post test and evaluation to receive CEU's if you have paid for the course.

After viewing the program:

Instructions for completing the online course evaluation.

  1. To complete the online post test and evaluation, go to the RST CE homepage at:
  2. Select the button that says post tests and evaluations.
  3. Log into the RST CE database and select post test and evaluations. (using the email address and password that you created prior to the viewing).
  4. Select and complete the course post test and evaluation.
  5. Click Submit

You will receive your CEU Certificate via emailed pdf.

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions. ). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.


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