In order to ensure that all employees are able to enhance their relevant skills , training can take place informally in the workplace as well as through formal study courses.
Driving Mobility Centres aim to assess and facilitate clients with a disability in attaining, or retaining, a driving licence. Conversely their role is to support clients where the result of the assessment is to discontinue driving. This is a fully supported decision by the assessment team together with the client. This is followed by guidance in supporting the maintenance of independence and their mobility with advice on alternative transport and facilities within their community.
To meet fields of specialised areas of learning, Driving Mobility has developed a programme of short courses to support assessment, training and facilitating driving skills for all those with a disability. The field of assessment also includes the needs of passengers. Not all disabilities are immediately apparent and these courses will consider all issues of disability including both visible and non-visible medical conditions, communication problems and those related to mental health. Understanding and being aware of how these conditions can affect drivers, passengers and other road users is an essential part of road safety for all those working in related fields such as Driving Instructors and Examiners, Rehabilitation Clinicians, Traffic Officers, Police, Breakdown Services, Government Agencies and others.
Courses are developed by staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience from Driving Mobility Centres who are to be found throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Courses have been developed to address in-house needs, but have also been designed for wider delivery to relevant organisations and professions. These courses are intended to be delivered regionally, and can be accessed by contacting Driving Mobility, or your nearest Mobility Centre. There will usually be a cost involved for attendance and training.
The following Short Courses are available:
Seating and Posture for Drivers and Passengers
- This course covers the principles of correct seating and Posture.
- Gives an understanding of factors that negatively affect good posture and
- the impact of compromised seating
- Explores equipment available to support optimum posture, increase stability and comfort, reducing fatigue and adverse physical effects.
- Explores and advises on transfer techniques
Introduction to Vehicle Adaptations
- This course develops an awareness of a variety of adapted driving controls,
- Offering an understanding of the application of adaptive driving controls to overcome physical dysfunction.
- Discusses the advantages/disadvantages of using one method of control over another.
- Sets out and discusses the legal, technical and safety implications of driving an adapted vehicle
Disability Awareness for ADIs
- This course gives an understanding of the fields of disability and the implication for potential drivers.
- The psychology of disability and the Disability Act.
- Instruction methods and approaches are explored with reference to Centres who can offer specialist advice.
- Legal, technical and safety implications of driving an adapted vehicle
- Vehicle Adaptations and Driving solutions are explored.
Disability Awareness and Vehicle Adaptations for Roadside Assistance
- This course is delivered in two parts
- Disability Awareness delivered by a Mobility Centre Clinician
- Vehicle Adaptations delivered by a Mobility Centre Advanced Driving Instructor.