Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility


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Amputation & Driving
After a limb amputation, a person is sometimes unable to drive an automobile in the normal manner. There are, however, several types of adaptive devices that can allow an individual with an amputation to resume driving safely. The site of amputation(s) will determine the degree of difficulty an amputee will have with driving a standardly equipped vehicle. In most cases, the adapted equipment will involve compensation for the inability to reach and operate primary and secondary driving controls. For example amputations may occur at:
Right Leg:
     Left Foot Gas Pedal
     Automatic Transmission
     Power Braking
Both Legs:
     Hand controls for brake and accelerator
     Spinner Knob
     Automatic Transmission
     Hand Operated Dimmer Switch
     Emergency Brake Extension
     Chest Strap
     Automatic Transmission
     Steering Device
     Reduced Effort Steering
     Modified Gear Shifter
     Modified Secondary Controls (turn signals, dimmers)
Triple or Quadruple Limbs:
     Additional modifications can be made to a car or van
     Reduced effort steering system
     Servo Brake and Accelerator Control
     Joystick Driving Systems
Adaptive equipment and vehicle modifications are available for some vehicles, although all vehicles are not suitable for modifications. A driver rehabilitation specialist can assist in making the correct vehicle choice, and then provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine a personís ability to drive.

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