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An amputee driving a car equipped with special controls on the steering wheel. He is a young man in his 20s living independently. His African-American friend is sitting in the passenger seat.Personal transportation is key to independence. Our driver evaluation program is designed to help people resume driving following onset of a disability or to help young adults with disabilities start driving.

Alpha One’s Adaptive Driver Evaluation Program was founded in 1980 and is the oldest driver evaluation program in the State of Maine. The intent of our driver evaluation is to help people maintain their independence or develop strategies for independent driving.  We work with individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.

Friendly old gentleman with metal frame glasses drives carOur evaluators are dually licensed as Occupational Therapists and Driver Educators in the State of Maine. The evaluation includes a comprehensive assessment of visual, physical, and cognitive skills, as well as an in-vehicle assessment conducted in Alpha One’s adapted vehicle. Recommendations for adaptive driving equipment, further training, and teaching strategies are included as part of the evaluation.

Alpha One’s driver evaluation is a fee for service on an hourly basis. All driver evaluations are conducted in our South Portland, Maine office. Vocational Rehabilitation, Worker’s Compensation, and the Veteran’s Administration are all referring organizations.

Consumers interested in participating in a driver’s evaluation may start the process by completing the online application, or by calling Alpha One. Also, questions about the process can be directed to the appropriate staff by emailing: driver@alphaonenow.org.

Driving Evaluation Application

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