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Driving is a critical part of everyday life - enabling you to carry out daily tasks, keep an active social life and have control over how you get where you need to go. Even more, driving is a source of freedom, independence and self-worth. Over the years, many of you have shared feelings of frustration, despair and sadness about the difficult adjustment that follows giving up driving.
Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) offers qualifying patients their Adaptive Driving Program, which consists of individual evaluations and training by a certified driver rehabilitation specialist. This service is an extension of the rehabilitation process geared toward enhancing an individual’s functional independence. Participants of the program will receive an evaluation, behind-the-wheel driver education, prescribing adaptive equipment for vehicle modifications and as a resource for education and information to persons with disabilities, rehabilitation and/or driver education professionals, vehicle modifiers and the general community.
The Driving Evaluation is actually a two (2) part evaluation consisting of a pre-driving clinical evaluation and a behind-the-wheel evaluation. A Driver’s License or Instruction Permit will be required in order to drive on public streets; however it is not required for a parking lot only assignment. The evaluation will be scheduled after receipt of a physicians’ prescription and verification of the payment source.
After all behind-the-wheel training is completed, it will be recommended that the patient contact the Department of Public Safety for a voluntary road test. It is the individual’s responsibility to inform the DPS of any changes in his/her mental or physical condition that could impair his/her ability to operate a vehicle safely.
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