MobilityWorks Launches 3-City Training Schedule for Occupational and Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Professionals

Automotive Equipment Seminars for OT/PT Professionals Help Deliver Independence to Injured Drivers and Those Affected by Disease

Thanks to Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialsits (CDRS) and specialized training programs, individuals like this veteran are able to drive again. Photo courtesy of Bruno Independent Living Aids.

In the United States alone, there are about 12,000 new spinal cord injuries every year. 60% are less than 30 years old, with 80% being males. While many injuries are not permanent, a large number of individuals lose their ability to drive an automobile. Without receiving extensive training and a modified vehicle with adaptive equipment (such as a ramp or lift for a wheelchair and/or hand controls), they are dependent on others for basic transportation needs. Stroke, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s and other genetic diseases are also major causes affecting those who are unable to drive. Limb loss and brain injury also affect a large number of people who lose their ability to operate a vehicle. Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States every year, many due to diabetes.

Fortunately, there is a dedicated team of certified driver rehabilitation specialists (CDRS) who seek out training to help these individuals to regain their independence. And for those who are able to drive again, the ability to go where they want, and when they want, is a freedom that only those who are disabled (or who have been temporarily disabled) can fully appreciate.

The Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions (CAMS) training program is a full-day continuing education course containing a wide range of topics pertaining to personal automotive mobility solutions. The program was designed by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) to assist the allied healthcare practitioner (OT/PT) in understanding and advocating for individuals who are seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions. The CE courses also teach practitioners about the unique process involved in evaluating, selecting and purchasing appropriate adaptive equipment options for people with limited physical abilities.

The three cities include Pasadena, Cincinnati and Detroit. Members of AOTA, ADED or RESNA can earn 7 CE credits. Below are the dates and times if you or anyone you know is interested. Go to our OT/PT In-Service Training page for additional information.

Pasadena, CA
Date: Saturday January 26th 2013 (sold out!)
Time: 9am—5pm Breakfast and Lunch provided
Location: 325 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA

Cincinnati, OH
Date: Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Time: 8am—5pm Lunch provided
Location: 12117 Princeton Pike Cincinnati, OH 45246

Detroit MI
Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Time: 8am—5pm Lunch provided
Location: 1965 East Avis, Madison Heights, MI 48071

To learn more about the NMEDA CAMS training, go to NMEDA.com

Additional CDRS information for OT/PTs who want to become a specialist can be found at The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialsits (ADED)