440.00 Driver Evaluation and Training Policy

(Revised March 2018)

See corresponding procedure: 440.00 Driver Evaluation and Training Procedure

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Description

Driver Evaluation and Training is a means by which ACCES-VR can work with an individual with a disability and his/her family to determine if the individual can drive a vehicle, or, if not, what the needs are to be a passenger; and what type of vehicle will meet their needs.

Driver evaluation and training services may be provided to eligible individuals with a transportation barrier to achieving their employment outcome.

Driver Evaluation - to assess whether an individual has potential to drive a vehicle safely, what training needs there are and, determine if vehicle modifications, adaptive equipment or automotive equipment are necessary.

Driver Training - to teach an individual how to drive a vehicle. The individual will then be able to obtain or retain a driver's license.

Services

Driver Evaluation is an assessment of an individual's abilities and/or potential to become a safe, independent driver. The driver evaluation will provide information on the person's current driving ability, and when applicable, recommend driver training needs, and equipment needs for the individual.

Individuals with significant physical or cognitive limitations must obtain the driver evaluation from an ACCES-VR approved Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. For other individuals, the option to obtain a driver evaluation from an approved Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving school is available.

A driver evaluation is also used to determine whether an individual with a disability has the potential to drive safely, including the necessary cognitive and perceptual skills required for driving, whether adaptive equipment or vehicle modifications are necessary, and what vehicle and factory equipment the individual needs to look for when shopping for a vehicle. 

Adaptive Driver Training is provided on a vehicle with appropriate equipment matched to the driver's needs. The training must develop "behind the wheel" competency in a full range of roadway environments to ready the individual for obtaining or retaining a driver's license.

Only individuals requiring modifications, specialized training and/or adaptive equipment because of his/her disability should enroll in this training. The training should be based on the evaluation report of the Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.

Driver Training must assist the individual in restoring or developing "behind the wheel" competency in a variety of actual traffic situations to ready the individual for obtaining or retaining a driver's license.

Prerequisites: The following must be met before starting driver training:

  1. Driving must not be medically contra-indicated
  2. The individual has a valid driver's license or learner's permit
  3. ACCES-VR has determined that the individual will have access to an appropriate vehicle for training and employment
  4. Comparable benefits have been explored and the individual is not eligible for training services under other programs (e.g., Veterans Administration or high school driver training program)
  5. When applicable financial need is determined
  6. Public transportation or other means of transportation are either unavailable or unsuitable

Reference 

Related Policies:

  • 100.00 Participant Involvement
  • 208.00 Comparable Benefits and Services
  • 441.00 Vehicle Modifications, Adaptive and Automotive Equipment
  • 1125.00 Financial Need Review
  • 1355.00 Transportation Services