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Driver Advisement Program
233 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104

Driving Advisement Program

Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital has developed a coordinated program to assess a driver’s ability to drive safely.

Our program evaluates:

  • Vision and perception
  • Physical status
  • Mobility
  • Reaction time
  • Traffic sign/situation identification and interpretation
  • Cognition — including problem solving, attention and memory
  • Adaptive equipment

The Driving Advisement Program begins with a clinical evaluation completed by a licensed and registered occupational therapist. Upon completion of evaluation, results and appropriate recommendations will be discussed with you and your physician.

Our program may recommend:

  • An ophthalmology evaluation to further evaluate visual accuracy and/or peripheral vision.
  • An on-road evaluation and/or training, completed in conjunction with a licensed driving instructor, scheduled at a later date.
  • Adaptive equipment specialized to accommodate physical disabilities.
  • A road-competency test mandated and completed through the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
  • Abstaining from operating a motor vehicle; alternative community transportation will be discussed.

The importance of obtaining an evaluation and/or notifying the Registry of Motor Vehicles:

Both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Connecticut require drivers to inform the Registry of Motor Vehicles/Department of Transportation if they have a medical condition that they believe may affect their ability to operate a motor vehicle.

How to receive an evaluation:

Obtain a prescription from your physician stating “occupational therapy evaluation for functional community mobility” and include a medical diagnosis. This is mandatory for insurance coverage.

Call the Outpatient Admitting Office, Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, at 413-748-6880 to schedule an evaluation.

The Driving Advisement Evaluation will take approximately one hour to complete. A family member may accompany you to the evaluation.

Please bring the following to the appointment if applicable:

  • Driver’s License
  • Eyewear
  • List of medical history and prescription medications
  • Any prior correspondence from the Registry of Motor Vehicles

Please call the Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital outpatient Admitting Office, 413-748-6880, for further questions or to schedule an evaluation.

For more information please feel free to contact us.

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