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Colorado Chapter Meeting

When: Friday, July 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Craig Hospital
3425 S Clarkson St.
Englewood, Colorado  80113
United States
Contact: Denise Kaplan

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Colorado Chapter Meeting - bring a brunch item/drink to share


July 12, 2019 at Craig Hospital


  • 10a--Introductions
  • 10:15-1:15--Program: Nontraditional New Drivers. How to best work with those with disabilities who need more than a traditional DE program can provide
  • 1:15-1:30--Program Rounds
  • 1:30-2--Chapter Business: Review last meeting minutes, review plan for next meeting, any updates from ADED or other governing bodies. Plan for ADED conference.

Nontraditional New Drivers. How to best work with those with disabilities who need more than a traditional DE program can provide

Presented by: Christy Dittmar, MS, OTR/L, CDRS & Denise Kaplan, OTR/L, CDRS


This seminar will provide information about how evaluate, treatment plan, and train nontraditional students/new drivers when Driver Education (DE) programs cannot meet their needs. A larger population of drivers, many classified with Learning Disabilities or Developmental Disabilities (such as ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia), as well as individuals with physical disabilities (such as CP, Spina Bifida, and CVA) are not getting their needs met through traditional Driver Education programs due to the intensity of their needs, the utilization of specialized equipment, and the need for more specialized trainers. This seminar will include what to look for during evaluation (diagnosis specific), pre-driving training plans (home programming outside of the car), and examples of specific programs successfully utilized all the way through to licensure. There will be discussion about how to build a better process for these individuals as they try and navigate their way as a nontraditional student to a fully licensed driver.

Learning Objectives


  1. Identify the population of diagnoses included in “nontraditional” new driver
  2. Understand some of the learning challenges, time frames, resources, and obstacles for serving these types of students, as well as strategies utilized to help ensure their success
  3. Review unsuccessful and successful cases; Identify how to approach each individual’s needs in the future with similar students
  4. Understand what other programs have done to address these needs
  5. Identify two aspects of the evaluation, preparation for permit/license, and/or training that is different than for “typical” patients to your program
  6. Be able to engage in discussion about how to include these students in appropriate and safe learning programs for driving (in this group, with potential customers, with local DE programs).


Approved for 3 ADED Contact Hours / .3 AOTA CEUs

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