SPECIAL NEEDS DRIVERS
Physically Challenged/Special Needs
First Class Driver Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services
We now offer a clinical evaluation along with an in-vehicle evaluation with an Occupational Therapist who is also a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. Summer Powell has worked for La Tech University Center for Biomedical Engineering Rehabilitation Science. She is familiar with prescribing adaptive equipment when needed. This assessment is for anyone with a cognitive or physical challenge, especially if there may be the need to have their vehicles modified to enable them to drive again.
We help drivers with physical injuries regain their mobility and independence (e.g. loss of an eye, loss of the use of a limb due to injury/stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, such as paraplegic or quadriplegic). We can also help those with cognitive challenges/disorders (e.g. ADHD, NLD, PTSD, along with ASD). We help drivers that may have concerns about their safety on the roadway to find ways to reduce risk in their daily commute. We provide our client's with adaptive tools to help with life changes, thus reducing their risk of a crash and their driving angst.
Our Bioptic Driver Rehabilitation Training Program provides comprehensive in-car training on how to safely and effectively use Bioptic Lenses. We place a special emphasis on teaching the client to adapt their driving habits to compensate for their visual challenges. We have been successfully training bioptic drivers since 2007. Our training includes the use of our state-approved, dual-controlled training vehicle for the state-mandated 30 hours of training. Our services include the DMV Road Skills test along with facilitation of the licensing process at the Office of Motor Vehicles.
ADHD Program - What You Need to Know
First Class Driving School is the First and only Driving School in Louisiana to have ALL of our Instructors Behind the Wheel WITH ADHD Certified.
Behind the Wheel WITH ADHD is a program designed for professionals to use with their driving students who are struggling with developing necessary skills to drive competently and safely due to deficits in their executive functioning skills. There is no other program like this currently available to address the special risks associated with ADHD and driving.
- Executive functioning skills of the brain
- Background knowledge about the connection between the brain and behavior that specifically impacts driving skill: Impulsivity; Distractibility; Inattention
- How and why to use effective external tools to compensate for what ADHD and other challenged students cannot do themselves
- The maturational lag common in ADHD teens and how this lag directly impacts driving performance
- ADHD teens need a longer training phase; we provide a recommended GDL for instructors to share with parents and create an awareness for the need for extra time before license
- Impaired Behaviors and how they mimic DUI: important information to empower the new teen driver to handle situations where police may stop them due to driving behaviors caused by their ADHD.
- Impact of stimulant medications on ADHD drivers; how missing a dose can impact driving skill and recommendations for dealing with this matter with parents
- Information on the newest technology available for mitigating risks associated with texting and cell phone use and other factors that contribute to distracted driving