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Featured Courses

AutoCoach 2.0: Making AutoCoach Accessible: A New Mobile App Designed by Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists for Parents of Teens with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities

Speakers: Dan Allison & Emma Harrington
1 ADED Contact Hour

Teens are a vulnerable population when it comes to driving- as car crashes are the biggest killer of young adults. After nearly a decade of decreasing motor vehicle fatalities, recent crash data indicates a deadly reversal of this trend. To combat this Shepherd Center’s certified driver rehabilitation specialists used their specialized training to create AutoCoach, an innovative app that makes it easier for adults to effectively teach their teens to drive defensively and safely. This year, in partnership with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and CapTech, Shepherd Center will launch AutoCoach 2.0. This second incarnation of the app will be geared towards parents of teens with both physical and cognitive disabilities. As the leading brain and spinal cord injury hospital in America, Shepherd has a responsibility to not only tackle our number one mechanism of injury, but to focus our injury prevention efforts towards the population that we serve.


Learning Objectives:

1.  Participants will understand the nationwide trends in motor vehicle crashes

2.  Participants will understand the scope of fatalities and injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes and how this translates to Shepherd Center’s patients.

3.  Participants will learn about the four E’s of prevention- engineering, enforcement, education, and EMS

4.  Participants will be able to understand a new plan and pathway for teaching teen driving to teens with cognitive and physical disabilities.


Driving Readiness in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Executive Function & Intellectual Disability

Speaker: Tracy M. Gale, Psy.D., HSPP
1 ADED Contact Hour

The executive function and intellectual capabilities of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders varies significantly between individuals with ASD, and this plays a significant role in their ability to drive. The DRS/CDRS must assess these functions using a variety of tools, including interview, standardized testing, and behind the wheel assessments in order to determine if driving is a realistic and achievable goal for these consumers.


Learning Objectives:

1.  Participants will develop an understanding of ASD as defined in the DSM V

2.  Participants will understand executive dysfunction and associated behaviors that may be problematic when learning to drive

3.  Participants will be provided with case studies using new DSM V criteria to determine likely challenges with driving




Medical cannabis and functional driving assessments:

How and when to assess on-road?

Speaker: Nellemarie Hyde, BSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont), CDRS

1.5 ADED Contact Hours


Occupational therapists and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists commonly assess their client’s cognitive abilities in clinic and on-road to determine if they are “fit to drive” while taking various psychotropic medications. Is there reason to treat medical cannabis differently? This webinar will review the common uses, effects, and side effects of medical cannabis, and will explore the legal, ethical and professional issues of assessing clients taking medical cannabis.  A decision making model for driver rehabilitation specialists will be presented.


Learning Objectives:

1.  State the effects of medical cannabis on driving

2.  Understand the legal, professional and ethical ramifications of conducting on-road assessments with clients taking psychotropic medications

3.  Apply a decision making model for assessing clients taking psychotropic medications including medical cannabis.


Optimizing the Value of Driving Simulators in Rehabilitation Practice by Increasing Behavioral Validity

Speakers: Pierro Hirsch, PhD & Laura Miear, M.S., OTR/L
1 ADED Contact Hour

Driving simulators are increasingly promoted as a means of increasing the objectivity, reliability and validity of driving assessments and the effectiveness of driver training. Behavioral validity is acknowledged as necessary for the successful application of driving simulation in rehabilitation practice. This session proposes that behavioral validity is the observable manifestation of psychological validity, also known as presence. Therefore, increasing presence will increase behavioral validity and the effectiveness of driving simulator-based applications. Key terms and concepts, i.e. behavioral validity, field of view, immersion, task fidelity, and presence, will be explained in relation to selected items from the CDRS in-vehicle assessment checklist. Methods for increasing and measuring presence during a driving simulator session will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Describe a process model explaining how behavioral validity is increased by psychological fidelity, also called presence

2.  Define and understand the context for presence in health care practice

3.  Understand the factors that increase presence

4.  Describe three keys to conducting a simulation session to increase presence

5.  Understand methods for measuring presence

Preparing for the Impact of Highly Automated Vehicles

Speaker:Cathie Curtis, Director, Vehicle Programs, AAMVA

1 ADED Contact Hour


The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is preparing Motor Vehicle and Traffic Enforcement Agencies to prepare for the impact of Automation in Vehicles. This session will provide an explanation of the Jurisdictional Guidelines for the Safe Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles published in May 2018 by AAMVA through their Autonomous Vehicles Working Group.  These guidelines were published to assist jurisdictions in regulating autonomous vehicles and testing the drivers who operate them.


Learning Objectives:

1.  Gain an understanding of the SAE, International’s levels of vehicle automation
2.  Discover the impact of vehicle automation on driver training, testing and licensing

3.  Hear how different types of technology will impact the operation of vehicles and improve mobility for underserved populations

4.  Understand the implications of vehicle automation for motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies

5.  Learn the value of consistent regulation across states and between the US and Canada.


Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities

Speakers: Amitai Bin-Nun, Ph.D. & Jeffrey Gerlach
1 ADED Contact Hour

This webinar will provide an overview of the transportation obstacles the disability community faces, while also examining the potential benefits of a better, more accessible transportation system. As new transportation technologies such as on-demand mobility solutions and, in the near future, autonomous vehicles (AVs) enter the mainstream, they offer increased potential for reducing transportation barriers for those with disabilities. In their most recent report, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) revealed that two million employment opportunities could be opened up, and $19 billion in annual healthcare expenditures could be saved, if people with disabilities had access to the basic transportation needs that could be provided by autonomous vehicles.


Learning Objectives:

1.  Identify current transportation obstacles for people with disabilities and the benefits of an accessible and reliable transportation system

2.  Possess a greater understanding of autonomous vehicles and the role they may play in the future of transportation

3.  Be able to discuss potential steps that government, industry, and the disability community can take to ensure autonomous vehicles are accessible when deployed

 Understanding Dementia for Driving Professionals

Speaker:Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
1 ADED Contact Hour

This 2 contact hour course will review the many changes in behavior, communication, and interactive ability that take place when someone is living with dementia and this can have serious consequences on driving. This course will help driver rehabilitation specialists understand what is happening to the brain in patients with dementia, the clinical manifestations of the disease and how they may manifest during driving. Teepa will review how behaviors are connected to an individual’s change in sensation, sensory processing, and motor skill abilities due to the onset, then worsening, of various dementias. Participants will learn strategies for application of dementia knowledge to driver assessments, training and possible driving cessation.  


Learning Objectives:

1.  Identify early signs and symptoms of dementia
2.  Compare different types of dementia

3.  Understand what is physiologically occurring in patients with dementia and identify the clinical manifestations

4.  Recognize the effects of dementia on driving

5.  Discuss communication skills for working with dementia patients and their families

6.  Develop skills necessary for assessing drivers with dementia

7.  Develop an approach to working with patients who require driving cessation

Complimentary Member Only Webinars (no credits issued)
 ADED Resources
This members only area houses numerous resources for the field of driver rehabilitation.  
Funding Sources for your Clients

Presentations by:

Help Hope Live


The Keith Howell Mobility Trust


This complimentary resource for ADED members reviews various options for patient funding.



Unlocking the Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

Speakers: Amitai Bin-Nun & Leslie Hayward

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being developed rapidly, with extensive ongoing testing on public roads, and are already in limited commercial use. This webinar will introduce SAFE, an energy advocacy organization playing a leading role in the national debate on autonomous vehicles, explain the status of AV technology and its potential benefits to safety, energy, and enhanced mobility for underserved populations. The webinar will conclude by introducing and explaining the role of the SAFE-sponsored Commission on AV Testing and Safety in recommending actions to enhance the safety and public acceptance of AVs.

Using a Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS) to Eliminate Collisions or Mitigate the Severity of a Collision

Speaker: David Regan


This complimentary/no contact hour, members only webinar reviews the Mobileye Collision Avoidance System helps protect drivers with an ever-vigilant digital eye to monitor – in real time – potential dangers in their driving path. When a threat is detected, drivers are warned with visual and audible alerts prior to the incident. These few seconds can mean the difference between a devastating collision and an incident entirely avoided or far less severe.  Mobileye’s real-time alerts also help drivers better recognize and self-correct risky driving behaviors and requires minimal training. Mobileye’s vision sensor technology continuously scans the road ahead, employing sophisticated algorithms to analyze the driving environment and identify probable collision dangers. When the threat of a collision is high, Mobileye alerts give drivers the vital seconds needed to take corrective action.


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