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NC/VA Chapter Meeting

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Duke Medical Plaza- Suite 246
4709 Creekstone Drive
Durham, North Carolina  27703
United States
Contact: Laura Juel

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Chapter Meeting Agenda/Schedule


8:30-9:00: Registration

9-12:00: Seminar 1 - Drive Safety

12:30-1:00: Lunch (provided)

1:00-4:00:Seminar 2 - Driving for the Special Needs Teen: Maximizing Learning and Driving Success

 Approved for 6 CDRS Contact Hours / .6 AOTA CEUS 

ADED Members Complimentary registration. Non-Members $25.


Seminar #1:Introduction and review of Drive Focus app for iPad andReview of Drive Safety Clinical Driving Simulator applications and review of new upgrades and current research

Presenter by: Johnell Brooks

Seminar Abstract: 

Introduction and review of Drive Focus app for iPad Drive Focus is an iPad app that trains users to identify, prioritize, and react to critical roadway items. Drive Focus uses clickable object videos of roadway scenes filmed from the driver's point of view. The Training section teaches the user to "click on" only the critical items that a driver should pay attention to. For example, the user should click on the pedestrian crossing the street or the red traffic light for his/her direction of travel. If the user has difficulty he/she can slow down the video and gradually increase the speed as he/she improves. The detailed score page provides feedback of items missed, whether the user selected the items in the correct order of priority, and how quickly he/she clicked on the object. Each location (e.g. California, South Carolina, Vermont and more) has 3 levels of complexity. Users can't progress to the next level without attaining a certain score. The game-like features keep it interesting and encourages practice which leads to better outcomes.

Review of Drive Safety Clinical Driving Simulator applications and review of new upgrades and current research

Driving simulators provide clinicians an opportunity to systematically evaluate many of the underlying visual, cognitive and motor skills associated with driving. The DriveSafety Clinical Driving Simulators (CDS) were designed for use in a broad range of patient populations and clinical environments. The evolution of the interactive exercises and driving scenarios will be provided. Recent hardware and software advancements will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to try new tools and see current research efforts.


Seminar Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be familiar with a technology program that may assist individuals with ASD to learn driving skills.

  1. Participant will be able to identify client populations with whom they can use this app

  1. Participants will be able to understand and discuss the differences between interactive exercises and driving scenarios

Participants will understand the cognitive, visual and motor tasks associated with the interactive exercise

Seminar #2:Driving for the Special Needs Teen: Maximizing Learning and Driving Success

Presenter: Cyndee Crompton

Seminar Abstract:  This interactive session is focused on the special needs teen. This seminar was originally designed to speak to the school-based driver instructor and will serve as a reminder and model for marketing our services to this referral source. Participants from the ADED perspective will be reminded of the factors that make our teens special and unique and their exposure to driving, their interest in driving, and their learning capabilities that influence they’re behind the wheel safety. Therapists and evaluators and benefit from review of the challenges that bring the teen driver to our doorstep. Instructors can benefit from understanding some of the challenges and ways to minimize the negative influence of those challenges. Our ultimate goalsis to maximize the special needs teen’s confidence, skill, and safety behind the wheel. Video of teen drivers with special needs will be used to help with participant’s learning.

Seminar Learning Objectives:

Understand what the special need teen “hears” in the driver’s education classroom and how that affects their desire to drive. Learn strategies of accommodation that benefit the student.

  1. Understand how the behind the wheel approach to instruction is tailored to maximize the special need teens success behind the wheel. Learn what helps and what hinders the student.

  2. Understand technology options for teens with physical impairments. Learn how to make a referral for special services that can’t be provided in the traditional driver’s education.

  3. Glean helpful instructor hints for aiding the ADHD and autistic teen in driving independence. Understand what accommodations are needed and when a referral should be an option.

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