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Driving and Community Mobility

Driving and Community Mobility:
Occupational Therapy Practitioner Roles in Driver Rehabilitation Programs (DRP)

Background- of this project:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) selected the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as the contractor for solicitation # DTNH2215R00027 Occupational Therapist Involvement in Older Driver Safety. The intent of this funded work is to “procure professional and technical services to conduct outreach to occupational therapists; provide updates to current occupational therapy resources including curricula for occupational therapy practitioners; develop new resources (including a toolkit); create awareness in the occupational therapy community; provide material distribution (including website); and garner input from key stakeholders and evaluate these efforts.”

One project of this contract dedicated funding to ADED to identify, design and implement a project that would address a gap in service. ADED identified consistent and accurate occupational therapy student and practitioner education as a priority. ADED gathered a team of driving rehabilitation experts to develop this speaker toolkit. AOTA and ADED’s shared mission of increasing the capacity of professionals to address the driving and transportation challenges facing the aging population and providing interventions for safe and independent community mobility for all older adults makes this collaboration especially meaningful.


Presenter Qualifications:
Presenters Qualifications: This presentation is designed to have two presenters who work as a team: An occupational therapy practitioner (OT or OTA) and driving rehabilitation specialist, as this would be the model for best practice. However, it may not always be possible. In some cases, it may be one or other of the team, but regardless, the collaborative nature of the relationship should be represented and emphasized in the presentation.

In an academic program, the presentation is best done by the driving rehabilitation specialist and occupational therapy practitioner team, as designed. However, there may be times where the faculty member has the credentials and/or experience to participate as one of the members of the team.


Benefits to presenter:
Benefits for the presenters:
• Continuing education credits for licensing, certification and credentials:
   o ADED contact hours
   o NBCOT professional development units
   o State Licensing continuing education (as per state)
• Visibility and awareness of your driving program within the community

Welcome to the Driving & Community Mobility: Occupational Therapy Practitioner Roles in Driver Rehabilitation Programs registration. We are delighted that you have decided to dedicate your time to help expanding the knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy practitioners on their role with driving & community mobility and the driving specialist’s role on driver rehabilitation services.

The primary presenter must be an occupational therapy practitioner with experience in the field of driver rehabilitation or have a co-presenter who is a driver rehabilitation specialist or certified driver rehabilitation specialist.
If you are a DRS or CDRS, but not an OT, and interested in providing this presentation, please reach out to CONTACT. We will do our best to help identify a primary OT presenter for you to partner with.
Please take a moment to complete the following about yourself, the OT primary presenter:
Occupational Therapy Practitioner Presenter (Required)

To develop your presentation, we would like to plan a 30-45 minute phone call with you and one of our committee members. Inclusion of your co-presenter, should you have one, is optional.

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AOTA & ADED cannot provide pre-approved contact hours for this program. If you, as speaker, would like to offer contact hours, please review ADED, NBCOT and/or your state licensing requirements for contact hours and follow their requirements.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) & Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) are the authors of this presentation.
All rights reserved. No part of this presentation or supplemental resources may be translated, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilm, or recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the associations.

The field of driver rehabilitation is an ever-changing science that undergoes continual development. Research and clinical experience are continually expanding our knowledge including appropriate treatments and therapies. The author(s) and association has made every effort to ensure references and therapies are appropriated to the state of knowledge at this time. Some of the product names and patents are registered trademarks or proprietary names even though specific reference is not always made. The appearance of a name without designation as proprietary is not to be construed as representation by the author(s) that it is in the public domain.

The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the AOTA & ADED, but rather of the individual presenters. AOTA & ADED do not endorse any specific product or company and discourage presenters from bias or commercialism.

Should you have any questions, comments, or feedback regarding the presentation, presenters or resources, please reach out to:
By submitting this application, I hereby affirm that the above information is complete and accurate. I understand that falsification and/or omission if information will be just cause for rejection of my application.

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