Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services

At Shepherd Center's Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation program, we understand that driving is more than just a means of transportation; it symbolizes freedom and autonomy. That's why our dedicated team of highly trained, certified, and experienced professionals is here to support you every step of the way.

Our Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services

Your journey begins with a thorough clinical evaluation. This evaluation is not about limitations; it's about understanding your abilities in the context of any disabilities or cognitive impairments you may face. Our clinical team conducts a 1-hour evaluation, considering your physical, cognitive, balance, and visual abilities to determine the best action for your driving future. This is followed by a 60-90-minute driving assessment. Results and recommendations will be reviewed at the end of the session.

  • In-Depth Clinical Evaluation: Our experts conduct a detailed examination of your physical, visual, and cognitive capabilities to tailor the evaluation to your unique needs.
  • Driving Assessment: You'll experience a driving assessment to evaluate your driving skills, ensuring a holistic understanding of your capabilities, with or without adaptive driving equipment. This is an on-road assessment around local Atlanta neighborhoods, typically at lower traffic times. For new or inexperienced drivers, we drive in a low-traffic area.

Once we've identified the areas for improvement, it's time to embark on the driving rehabilitation phase. We have seven specially equipped cars and vans containing various low and high-tech adaptive equipment. We also train drivers who do not require any adaptive equipment. The goal is simple: to empower you with the skills and confidence to navigate the roads safely. 

  • Adaptive Equipment Integration: Our vehicles are equipped with various adaptive technologies, from essential modifications to high-tech solutions, ensuring a customized approach to meet your needs.
  • Personalized Training Plan: You'll work with our experts on a customized training plan, focusing on the areas identified during the evaluation and building your skills at a pace that suits you. 

In the rapidly evolving world of adaptive vehicle technology, staying informed is crucial. Our program includes adaptive technology training to familiarize you with the latest innovations, ensuring you're confident and comfortable with the tools that enhance your driving experience. 

  • Hands-On Learning: Our experts guide you through hands-on training sessions, allowing you to master adaptive technologies specific to your vehicle.

Your needs are unique, and so are the solutions we provide. Our team offers consultation and vehicle fittings to ensure that the adaptive equipment and vehicles selected meet your specific requirements perfectly.

  • Personal Consultation: We sit down with you to understand your lifestyle, preferences, and challenges, ensuring the adaptative equipment and vehicle recommendations align with your goals. 
  • Custom Fitting: Our experts meticulously identify the equipment you need, ensuring maximum comfort and functionality tailored to your needs.

The journey doesn't end with the purchase of adaptive equipment and modifications for your vehicle. We provide follow-up training in the comfort of your car, ensuring that you're confident and capable in your everyday driving environment.

  • Real-World Application: When appropriate, our team joins you in your vehicle, providing hands-on guidance and support as you navigate familiar roads, building the confidence to drive independently. 

At Shepherd Center, our commitment is to help you drive and empower you with the confidence to embrace the open road with safety, comfort, independence, and freedom. 

Your Specialized Care Team

Imagine having a team of experts focused on your unique needs, collaborating to ensure your success on the road. At Shepherd Center, that's precisely what you can expect. Your interdisciplinary care team comprises professionals with specialized knowledge in driving rehabilitation, adaptive technology, and driving assessment. They work together seamlessly to provide the most comprehensive and personalized care possible. 

Meet Our Driving Specialists

A driving rehabilitation specialist kneels next to the driver seat and points to the steering wheel, showing a client how to operate his adaptive vehicle.

Appointments and Referrals to the Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program 

Shepherd Center provides driver evaluation, rehabilitation, and education as an integral component of its continuum of care, aimed at fostering greater independence for individuals with disabilities or injuries.   
Whether you are a new patient, an existing patient, or a referring provider, our team will work with you to develop your personalized driving rehabilitation and adaptative equipment plan.  
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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about our Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program? Explore our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the program, purchasing equipment, installing equipment, appointments, and more. 

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