DRS 101

DRS 101: Introduction to Driver Rehabilitation

This two-day course is designed for the new driving evaluator. The skills and knowledge needed to establish an adaptive driving program or become a new staff member for an established program will be discussed and shared. How to develop an evaluation and training techniques, introduction to adaptive equipment, documentation and interactions with equipment vendors will be discussed.


By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

List the basic components of a driver rehabilitation clinical evaluation.

List the basic components of a driver rehabilitation on-road assessment.

Recognize resources for networking within the driver rehabilitation community.

Develop the necessary and optional components for starting a driver rehabilitation program.

Recognize the key stakeholders in the field of driver rehabilitation.

Identify the sequence of basic on-road training techniques.


1. Introduction: All the Questions You Must Ask and Things You Need to Know
2. The Clinical Evaluation
3. On The Road Driving Assessment
4. Test Results and Recommendations
5. Driver Assessment Follow up Activities
6. Designing A Route
7. Disabilities

8. Adaptive Equipment
9. Documentation
10. Program Supplies, Expenses, and Staffing
11. Reducing Liability
12. Resources and References
13. Developing Skills to Become a CDRS
14. Case Studies

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Overview: Issues and potential decisions to make when establishing or starting a Driving Rehabilitation Program
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The Clinical (Pre-Driving) Evaluation and Review of the Driving Evaluation Flowsheet
  • 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The Clinical Evaluation (continued)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The On Road Assessment
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. The On Road Assessment (continued)
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Results and Recommendations: Making the Decision About Driving—Or Not
  • 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Results and Recommendations (continued): Case Studies
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Driver Training

**Homework: Participants are asked to review the course materials on Medical Conditions/Disabilities that Effect Driving and Adaptive Driving Equipment.  To assimilate this information, a handout that requires the participant to analyze a diagnosis, how it would affect the management of a vehicle and the potential adaptive driving equipment is given for completion and review on Day 2.

Day 2

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Creating Evaluation and Driver Training Routes
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Review of Homework. Disabilities that Affect Driving
  • 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Adaptive Driving and Mobility Equipment
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Documentation: A Review of Sample Styles of Documentation with Highlights on Unique Components and Recommended Strategies
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Supplies, Expenses, Staffing, and Scheduling Issues for a Driving Rehabilitation Program
  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Reducing Liability and Understanding the Stages of Clinical Reasoning
  • 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. How to Become a Driving Specialist
  • 4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Resource Review
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Case Studies

Type of Activity:

Content Level:

Course Audience:

Content Focus:

  • Domain of OT – Areas of Occupation
  • Occupational Therapy Process – Evaluation
  • Professional Issues – Administration & Management


  • Driver Rehab
  • Community Mobility
  • Clinical Evaluation
  • On Road Assessment

Continuing Education Contact Hours – The ADED course and seminars have been approved for CDRS contact hours. DRS 101 offers 15 contact hours and DRS 201 offers up to 13.5  contact hours. Credit hours will only be awarded to those attending sessions in their entirety; ADED does not offer partial credit. Contact hours available: 1 AOTA CE = 10 education hours earned. Information about signing in and how to claim credits at the end of sessions will be provided on site.

ADED is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Please see individual course descriptions for contact hours / AOTA CEUs offered and the Learning Level. AOTA Classification Code: Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, OT Process Evaluation

Check out the DRS 201 Track