Glass Half Full
OT's Role in Promoting Driving Independence

Inside the Episode

In this episode, Jess and Natalie interview Debbie Hansen, Nevada’s only Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist. They review available resources for generalists, when to refer to a specialist, and the nuts and bolts of a driving rehab evaluation.


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Association for Driving Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED):

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA):

AOTA Driving Rehabilitation Program Development Toolkit:

Resource for talking to your loved one regarding driving concerns and self identifying need for driving assessment: