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There are many forms of assistive technology (AT) available to support individuals with and without disabilities to meet their driving and transportation needs. This module provides an overview of AT resources used when learning to drive, driving with adaptive equipment, driving with low vision, driving with autonomous vehicles, use of alternative transportation, and traveling with a disability.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 28 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Identify two forms of AT to help individuals learn traffic laws and develop skills for driving.
  2. Identify three transportation options for travel within a community when independent driving is not possible.
  3. Identify at least two forms of adaptive equipment that can be used to assist with operating a vehicle.
  4. Discuss how new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, can benefit individuals with disabilities.

Module Authors

Liz Gauen

Liz Gauen has been a Rehabilitation Engineer at the Assistive Technology Center at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center since 2019. She graduated from University of Illinois in 2015 with a degree in General Engineering and a secondary field in Rehabilitation Engineering. Within her current role, Liz works both in the Wheelchair Seating and Positioning clinic and in the Driver Rehabilitation Program, with a focus on High Tech Driver Rehabilitation. She enjoys collaborating alongside physical and occupational therapists to apply technology to meet each individual’s unique needs.

Mary Miller, MOT, OTR/L, DRS

Mary Miller is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a Master of Occupational Therapy and has been working in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation since 2014. She specializes in driver rehabilitation in the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Mary provides clinical and behind-the-wheel assessments for clients with a variety of diagnoses and skill levels. She has extensive rehab experience with patients who have neurologic, orthopedic, cognitive and visual conditions.

Michelle Fisher, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Michelle Fisher has 7 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Graduated from Ohio State University with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013 with a specialization in rehabilitation engineering. She is employed by the Assistive Technology Services at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. She specializes in driver rehabilitation and wheelchair seating and positioning. Michelle provides clinical assessments and treatment for clients with a variety of diagnoses and skill levels using adaptive equipment and assistive technology. She enjoys using technology and finding unique solutions to help every patient gain or regain independence after a new medical condition.

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