Driving Rehabilitation Program

A female patient is instructed by a low vision specialist on a driving simulator

About

Our Driving Rehabilitation Program helps current drivers with vision loss evaluate their driving skills, stay apprised of Illinois State laws and determine eligibility to continue driving. We work with program participants to use assistive devices for optimizing driving skills and explore alternative methods of transportation when necessary. Our comprehensive program includes:

Driving Simulator Assessment and Training

The driving simulator assessment includes cognitive, physical and visual testing features to determine if a driver has the ability to operate a vehicle safely and effectively. Drivers may be assessed in the following areas:

  • Field of vision
  • Perception of shapes and colors
  • Reaction time to braking
  • Performance in real-life situations
  • City, county and expressway traffic conditions
  • Complex, high-risk situations

Optimization of Driving Skills

Following the assessment, participants receive feedback on their performance and discuss their driving options with a rehabilitation professional. Assistive devices, such as bioptic telescopes that are legal to drive with in Illinois with proper training and licensing, may be prescribed.


For more information, please contact:

Laura Hayes, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
(312) 447-3433
Email Laura