The Toolkit for Professionals provides information for occupational therapy practitioners interested in this growing field.
A variety of tools are available that enable individuals to drive safely longer. These adaptive features can be added to a vehicle to help compensate for an individual's physical changes or functional loss, or simply to make the vehicle fit the person more comfortably and safely.
Although many businesses sell adaptive equipment, people who need such equipment should have a thorough assessment by an occupational therapy driving rehabilitation specialist to ensure that the right equipment is selected. In addition, the specialist can help make sure that the equipment is properly installed and can provide training on using the equipment before the person takes to the road in a vehicle.
AOTA's Buyer's Guide
Select vendors in the "Adaptive Equipment/Technology" category.
NHTSA Web page: Automotive Safety Issues for Persons With Disabilities
Includes adaptive equipment articles, brochures, regulations, standards, and a questionnaire.
Adaptive Equipment and Vehicle Modification links:
These resources are located in the For Consumers and Caregivers section, which focuses on the driving and transportation needs of older adults and their families.
American Occupational Therapy Association