I have 30 years of experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L). This includes working in a variety of settings such as acute inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home care, transitional care and acute hospital care. The variety of settings I have experienced enable me to work with individuals of all levels of independence and diagnoses.
The past 23 years of my career have been devoted primarily to driver rehabilitation. In 1998 one of my mentors approached me and stated, "I think you would be good at this." I thrive on challenges and problem solving, therefore I figured "why not?" This was one of the best decisions I made in my career! I pursued the training, became a Pennsylvania Certified Driving Instructor (CDI) and successfully passed the certification exam to become a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS). Later, I became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP).
I have enjoyed my career as a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, as I am passionate about providing individuals with the skills necessary to become independent. Historically, individuals had a shorter lifespan and individuals with physical disabilities were either institutionalized or cared for by family members. With medical advancements, individuals are living longer and surviving medical conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries and amputations. Individuals with disabilities are becoming more independent and living on their own, going to school and obtaining employment. As a result, there is a growing demand for individuals to be able to drive. Individuals with disabilities such as autism have the potential to learn to drive when given the opportunity and the appropriate training.
Today, there are hundreds of specialty providers and services to assist individuals with specific needs. If you are diagnosed with cancer, you see an oncologist; if you have a stroke, you see a neurologist. These individuals dedicate their careers to specialize in what they are passionate about. Why see someone that is not certified or specialized in driver rehabilitation and training when it comes to your driving independence?
I have over 150 hours of continuing education specifically geared toward driver education, driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities. I am a member and credentialed with the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) which is a professional organization for individuals in this specialized field.
Driver rehabilitation specialists are professionals with backgrounds in health care and/or driver education, and have completed additional training and education in the field of driver rehabilitation. The most knowledgeable of the specialists are Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists.
Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
The CDRS certificate is the accepted benchmark for quality in driver rehabilitation services. ADED provides practitioners with high quality training and is the only organization to offer the driver rehabilitation specialty certification designation. Candidates who have successfully passed the certification examination will earn credentials designating them as a CDRS. There are currently about 350 active CDRS in the US and Canada.
I will work with you one-on-one from the beginning to the end. I will see you in the comfort of your own home, which eliminates the need to make arrangements for a family member/friend to drive you to an appointment. You will drive in a dual control vehicle in your own neighborhood. I will review all of the results and recommendations with you and help you to get to the next step. Whether it be obtaining a permit, taking a road test, learning to drive with/without adaptive equipment, or driving retirement, I will be there every step of the way!
I love working with people and am dedicated to helping others achieve independence. I am compassionate and understand that the burden of not being able to drive demoralizes individuals. I am here to work with you to make the impossible seem possible - to pave the road to get you behind the wheel safely.
Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) AOTA
Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) RESNA
Driving Instructor for the state of PA (CDI)
Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)
Car Fit Technician AAA/AARP/AOTA