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Driving Mobility charity to showcase pathways to safe assisted driving for young disabled adults at Kidz North

Representing Driving Mobility, Occupational Therapists from the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre and RDAC Salford will be demonstrating their driving assessment services for young disabled people at Kidz to Adultz North.

Representing Driving Mobility, Occupational Therapists from the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre and RDAC Salford will be demonstrating their driving assessment services for young disabled people at Kidz to Adultz North.

Thursday 14th November 2019. 9.30am – 4.30pm, EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Manchester.
M17 8AS. Stand F27. Free entry and parking.

Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility centres offer professional support and driving assessments for young disabled people who wish to learn or retain the ability to drive. Each of the twenty centres accredited by Driving Mobility, many with outreach facilities, operate either as independent charities or within an NHS Trust. Occupational Therapists (OTs), Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and Administration staff support young individuals signposted from the DVLAMotabilityPolice and healthcare professionals such as OTs and GPs.

Aspiring new drivers can apply for their provisional licence from 16 if they have a qualifying disability however a clinically-led fitness to drive assessment needs to take place – this is where Driving Mobility can assist following a self-referral or professional recommendation. OTs and advisors from the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Leeds and RDAC Salford will be able to explain this process at Kidz North along with all other services that signpost individuals to accessible driving. Both centres own a fleet of adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) so test drives and driver evaluation can be delivered for a variety of abilities. With professional advice from Driving Mobility, clients and supporting OTs can then proceed with sourcing the most appropriate vehicle for safe and comfortable driving.

Offering a fun and interactive opportunity, there will be a vehicle simulator on the stand at Kidz North for professionals and families to try. This feature is a replica of the equipment at many centres which is used to measure driver capabilities and will highlight certain considerations associated with adapted driving.

Edward Trewhella, Chief Executive, Driving Mobility comments: “As the national voice of assisted driving and independence, Driving Mobility is committed to helping as many young disabled drivers as possible get behind the wheel. Our services extend to all aspects of accessible travel particularly with our new Hubs initiative supported by the Department for Transport. The Driving Mobility stand at Kidz North will provide an invaluable opportunity for families and healthcare professionals to discover pathways to greater independent mobility for their clients and children.”

 

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Driving Mobility showcases vital Driver Assessment education at OT Show

Philip North, Senior OT, will be providing unmissable education regarding client driving assessments at the OT Show, in conjunction with Driving Mobility and its regional William Merritt Disabled Living Centre. (Stand K51 NEC, 27-28 November).

Philip North, Senior OT, will be providing unmissable education regarding client driving assessments at the OT Show, in conjunction with Driving Mobility and its regional William Merritt Disabled Living Centre. (Stand K51 NEC, 27-28 November).

The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre is proud to be part of the nationwide Driving Mobility network. Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility centres offer professional support and driving assessments to OT clients who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.

Philip is a highly experienced OT from The William Merritt Centre in Leeds. He has over 30 year’s of clinical practice and is a nationally respected specialist in medical fitness to drive assessments. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in postural, driver and passenger assessments. Philip manages Driver Assessment Services across three regional sites in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Medical Fitness to Drive – maintaining independent mobility

Dates and times:      27th November, 10:30-10:45, 11:30-11:45, 12:30-12:45, 14:30-14:45.                 
28th November, 10:30-10:45, 11:30-11:45, 12:30-12:45, 14:30-14:45.

Location:                      OT Show, NEC Birmingham Stand K51

Speaker:                       Philip North, OT

Synopsis:
The sessions will outline how Driving Mobility assessments check client physical and cognitive abilities with a view to driving a vehicle safely and in comfort. They will also offer advice on aids and adaptations that may assist driving. Each assessment establishes a person’s fitness to drive, related to a medical condition and is carried out by a team of qualified OTs and Approved Driving Instructors.

On stand K51 Driving Mobility will demonstrate and discuss the role of their Occupational Therapists when assessing cognitive and physical driving abilities. A driving simulator will be available on the stand so visitors will be able to experience the key aspects that are assessed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Delegates will reflect on the role of occupational therapy within driving
  • Greater appreciation of the link between driving and independence
  • Consideration of the practical elements of a driving assessment:
    – Cognitive skills being assessed – eg. visual perception, decision making, attention, planning ability, slowed processing skills, memory and higher executive thinking
    – Physical function – ability to steer and use foot controls and change gear
  • Develop greater understanding of vehicle adaptions and support to remain driving

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