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Clinical Services at Rush Driving Rehabilitation Program

To schedule an evaluation, a person must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a medical doctor's order stating: "Occupational Therapy driving evaluation and treatment". The order must have an ICD diagnosis.
  2. Have sufficient vision to meet the state of Illinois' guidelines for driving
  3. Have a valid driver's license or permit

After the Evaluation

  • Results of the driving evaluation and the team recommendations are discussed with the person after each appointment.
  • The written results and recommendations are sent to the referring physician. We recommend that the referring physician discuss the driving team's observations with the patient.
  • The Driving Rehabilitation Program will not send results to the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles. Our purpose is to provide physicans with information to assist with this important decision.

Program Description

Rush University Medical Center's Driving Rehabilitation Program assesses a person's ability to safely drive, helps the person continue driving safely and, if needed, assists the person in getting back on the road after a disabling injury or illness.


Services Provided

Driver Safety Evaluations

The Driving Rehab Program has two components:

  • A clinical evaluation by a registered occupational therapist, which takes place in an office setting. This includes a brief medical history, occupational profile, environmental analysis, mobility analysis, vision screen, cognition screen, upper and lower extremity motor function assessment and perceptual screening. This can take up to two hours and is usually covered by most insurance companies.
  • A behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in a vehicle, on the road. This appointment assesses safety in driving in a variety of environments, independence in controlling a vehicle and awareness of hazards. The individual will drive a vehicle that has been adapted with a passenger-side brake. The person will be expected to safely drive a specified route beginning and ending at Rush University Medical Center. This appointment can take up to an hour and a half, and is paid for by the patient at the time of the evaluation.

Clinical Team
  • Occupational therapist: This is the professional who conducts the clinical evaluation and accompanies the individual on the behind-the-wheel portion of the evaluation.
  • Social worker coordinator: This is the professional who facilitates the scheduling of the evaluation appointments, provides resources and communicates with the referring physicians.
  • Certified driver rehabilitation specialist: This is the professional who is contracted with Rush to provide the behind-the-wheel evaluation and training.




Contact Name
Karen Lukaszewski, LCSW
Contact Phone
312-942-6967
Contact E-mail
karen_m_lukaszewski@rush.edu


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