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  • Includes a Live Web Event on 06/19/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Planning to sit for the 2024 CDRS Exam? Join our support sessions for discussion and answers to your questions.

    Planning to sit for the 2024 CDRS Exam?
    Join our support sessions for discussion and answers to your questions.

    All sessions will be held live virtual via eLearning and occur at 12 - 1 PM ET
    DateTopic
    February 21CDRS & Requirements and Pathways
    March 20Preparation
    April 17Handbook & Application 
    May 15Preparation 
    June 19Test Taking Skills 
  • Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 06/10/2024 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

    June 10-14, 2024 | 6 PM ET - 9:15 PM ET | Live Online | Member $450 / Non-member $900 |15 ADED Contact Hours This course will be offered in live-virtual format over five consecutive evenings. Attendees will have access to session recordings for 30 days post course.

    Traffic Safety for Driver Rehabilitation
    June 10-14, 2024 | 6 PM ET - 9:15 PM ET | Live-Virtual Online | Member $450 / Non-member $900 |15 ADED Contact Hours
    • This is a live-virtual, multi-day course conducted over five consecutive evenings for a total of 15 ADED contact hours.
    • Attendees must join all 15 hours of content to earn the ADED contact hours.  
    • Attendees join the live-virtual event via ADED eLearning to engage in the learning event. 
    • Attendees will have access to the session recordings until July 14, 2024. 
    • The course notebook will be provided in a digital format one week prior to the course. 
    • Attendees will have access to an online discussion board to communicate with instructors and other attendees during the course.

    Registration is Limited, don't delay in registering.  Registration will close when sold out or June 7, 2024 at 5 PM ET. 

    Abstract

    This ADED course is designed to deliver traffic safety principles and practices. This course will provide information inherent in the Traffic Safety / Driver Education fields. Information to be gained from this program includes: defensive driving and collision avoidance techniques, strategies for teaching vehicle maneuverability, design of a driver education course and how to determine number of sessions needed for training. In addition, the program discusses how human factors impact evaluation, training, as well as facilitating communication with the client and their support system.

    Goals/Objectives

    By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

    • Identify basic traffic safety rules, basic defensive driving and collision avoidance strategies.
    • Recognize how and when to take control of the vehicle, if needed.
    • Identify specific strategies for teaching vehicle maneuverability.
    • Design an on-road course to determine driver competency.
    • Identify the criteria needed to assess and the interventions required to determine the number of sessions needed for training, remediation, or driving cessation.
    • Recognize the psychomotor, cognitive, visual and behavioral aspects of driving that result in competent driving skills.
    • Recognize the causes of driving errors and relate them to the clinical assessment.
    • Identify characteristics inherent in select disabled populations that should be considered for teaching and training for driver competency.
    • List ways to effectively communicate observed driver actions into verbal and written format.
    • Recognize medical prescriptions that may influence and impact driving ability.
    Presented by Jill Sclease, CTRS, CDRS & Jan Stephanides, MS OTR/L, CDRS, CDI
    Thank you to our course sponsors!
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    Registration confirmation and payment receipts are e-mailed to the attendee. All cancellations for live-virtual events must be made in writing to the ADED Executive Office by May 24, 2024; a 20% handling fee will be charged. Refunds will not be issued after this date or for “no-shows.” Partial refunds will not be granted. ADED reserves the right to modify content, timetable, change speakers, or cancel events due to unforeseen/unavoidable circumstances at any time. If ADED cancels an event, a full refund will be provided to registrants. ADED does not offer refunds because of technological issues, should the ADED experience a platform outage, attendees will be provided an appropriate credit.  All complaints relative to the content, instructor, and registration procedures are to be directed to the ADED executive office: 200 1st Ave NW #505 Hickory NC 28601 or via email eLearning@aded.net

    Current CDRS' & DRPs please refer to policy 403 for educational activity and maximum contact hours. Attendance at all live virtual sessions is required to earn 15 ADED Contact Hours. 

    ADED's Education Code of Conduct applies to this and all ADED education.  

    Jill Sclease

    CTRS, CDRS

    Driving To Independence

    Jill Sclease is a Recreation Therapist and CDRS working at Driving To Independence in Tempe, Arizona.  She has been a member of ADED since 2010 and is currently ADED's President. In 1995 Jill began working in a neurorehabilitation setting where her career focused on brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.   Jill’s enthusiasm for assisting patients has been the focus of her career.  While working in acute rehabilitation, she introduced patients to the possibility of returning to work and community activities through therapeutic community reintegration outings.   Adaptive driving is a key part of this community reintegration. Throughout her career, Jill has served in many leadership roles, including those at the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association, Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, and Arizona Adapted Watersports.  Jill has also held leadership roles within ADED, having served as Scholarship Committee Chair, Education Committee Chair and ADED President. She has presented at both NMEDA and ADED conferences, as well as promoting driver rehabilitation at local Universities and organizations. Jill was honored to be recognized as a spinal cord injury specialist by Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute in 2006 and to be presented the Outstanding Professional award in 2009 by the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association. In May 2010 Jill joined Driving To Independence to concentrate on independent and safe driving for individuals with disabilities.  She received the credential of a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) in 2011.  Conducting driving assessments and training clients to become independent in the community is her passion.   She often says the process of identifying appropriate equipment for persons with physical differences is like putting a puzzle together and her job is to put the puzzle together without hammering in the corners.  

    Jan Stephanides, MS, OTR/L, CDRS, CDI

    Jan has over 30 years experience working as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including acute care, rehab, outpatient, school system, home health, and driving. She enjoys speaking and teaching engagements at the national conference level or in-service training in small hospital settings. Jan is an active ADED Chapter Officer and has served on the ADED Speaker's Bureau since 2017. Jan's email is stephanidesj@gmail.com

  • $195 Members | $390 Non-Members | 5 ADED Contact Hours | Online, on-demand all education and quizzes are included in this purchase. | ADED Badges are endorsed by ADED and verifiable. An ADED-issued badge is an accolade that attests to qualifications, competencies, and knowledge or skill attainment within a relatively small scope of the practice of driver rehabilitation.

    Vision Badge Level 1 

    $195 Members | $390 Non-Members | 5 ADED Contact Hours
    Online, on-demand all education and quizzes are included in this purchase. 
    To earn the badge, the participant must successfully complete all coursework and knowledge checks and score 75% or better for quiz components.
    You have 6 months from the date of purchase to complete all items and earn your badge. For proper function and the best experience, please review the FAQs and technology requirements https://elearning.aded.net/faq... 

    The vision badge is a succession of badges focused on complex factors related to anatomy of the eye, functional vision and the impact of vision and common impairments on driving fitness. The badges are structured to provide an overview with increased complexity and application for the driver instructor/educator and/or health care professional. The succession of badges need to be taken in order and all individuals wishing to take subsequent levels must take Level 1.

    The Level 1 (Beginners) Badge is designed for the driving instructor and health care professional needing to review basic vision concepts or other individuals wanting to learn about basic concepts of vision. A basic overview of anatomy of the eye, vision skills, and common vision and visual perceptual impairments that can impact driving fitness or fitness to drive. Discussion on how these conditions can impact driving and community mobility. Click here for the matrix. 

    Prerequisites This badge requires participants to possess current registration or license as a driver instructor/educator who has met or exceeded local government requirements and passed approved courses necessary to work as a behind-the-wheel driving instructor in their state or province OR current state registration as an allied health professional. Health related degrees include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, Speech Language Pathology, Therapeutic Recreational Therapy, Nursing, and Exercise Physiology. (Verification required via upload of current state registration/license).

    Upon completion of the Level 1 (Beginners) Vision Badge, the attendee will consume education on the following competencies and have an understanding of:

    • Client Intake: Medical History and Pharmacology; Visual History; Driving History; Age and activities
    • Vision Terminology: Medical terminology; Abbreviations; Ophthalmologic specialists; Glossary
    • Visual Impairments: Age related vision changes, comorbidities, and medications on vision; Common Eye diseases: Cataracts; Macular degeneration; Glaucoma; Diabetic retinopathy; Astigmatism; Albinism; Nystagmus; Hereditary eye diseases; Reduced acuity and visual fields. Conditions associated with vision impairments: Stroke; Brain injury; Multiple Sclerosis; Muscular Dystrophies; Brain Tumors; Cancer (of eye or neurological structures)
    • Basic Vision Screening: Visual acuity; Peripheral vision; Visual Fields; Stereopsis
    • Visual Perceptual Overview: Impairments; Assessment; Impact of visual perceptual impairments on driving safety
    • Driving Errors Associated with Visual Impairments
    • Documentation - State/Province vision guidelines
      • Remains current with relevant research and evidence related to vision and driver training needs
      • Understands and complies with ADED Code of Ethics
      • Understands and complies with ADED Best Practice Guidelines for the Delivery of Driver Rehabilitation Services

    The vision badge Level 1 holder will continuously strive to improve quality of services by doing the following:
    • Remains current with relevant research and evidence related to vision and driver training needs
    • Understands and complies with ADED Code of Ethics
    • Understands and complies with ADED Best Practice Guidelines for the Delivery of Driver Rehabilitation Services

    Registration confirmation and payment receipts are e-mailed to the attendee. Fees paid are non-refundable.  ADED reserves the right to modify content at any time. All complaints relative to the content, instructor, and registration procedures are to be directed to the ADED executive office: 200 1st Ave NW #505 Hickory NC 28601 or via email eLearning@aded.net

    Current CDRS' & DRPs please refer to policy 403 for educational activity and maximum contact hours. 

    ADED's Education Code of Conduct applies to this and all ADED education.  

  • Help Hope Live supports community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical expenses and related costs due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses.

    Help Hope Live 

    Sonny Mullen, Director of Outreach discusses the Help Hope Live program and how it can benefit clients. 

    Help Hope Live supports community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical expenses and related costs due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses. Even with insurance, a health crisis can become a financial crisis. Since 1983, Help Hope Live has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for to pay a wide range of expenses, including out-of-pocket costs for: medications, durable medical equipment, home health care, wheelchair-accessibility modifications, physical therapy, innovative treatments, medical travel and temporary relocation, even emergency living assistance. Our program has also helped thousands pay it forward and assist others with their medical expenses.

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  • This toolkit is designed to assist and guide driving educators through a framework to provide driver education to new/novice teen drivers.

    This toolkit is designed to assist and guide driving educators through a framework to provide driver education to new/novice teen drivers. ADED encourages you to use this resource to help advance education and on-road training. Provided are driver readiness checklists, glossary of terms, CDRS referral form, and resources for common conditions.

  • ADED Members Only | Complimentary | 1 ADED Contact Hour

    Navigating QAP: A Roadmap for Successful Collaboration

    ADED Members Only  | Complimentary | 1 ADED Contact Hour

    Driver rehabilitation specialists are key players in educating clients and providing thorough information and reliable resources with respect to auto mobility equipment.  This presentation aims to equip participants with an understanding of vehicle modifications and equipment installation best practices, emphasizing the repercussions when clients and referral sources deviate from those recommended best practices and guidelines. Through exploration of past client experiences, attendees will recognize the negative consequences associated with suboptimal choices and gain insight into the importance of adherence to industry standards. Additionally, the session will delve into the intricacies of the Quality Assurance Program (QAP), enabling participants to comprehend and communicate its rules and guidelines effectively.  Armed with this knowledge, participant will be better prepared to advocate for consumers, as well as navigate the complexities of auto mobility landscape, contributing to enhanced safety and client satisfaction.

    Learning Objectives: 

    At the conclusion of this sessions, participants will:

    • Recognize the negative consequences when clients bypass recommended best practices for vehicle modifications and equipment installations.
    • Develop a greater understanding of QAP Rules and Guidelines.
    • Be prepared to communicate the benefits of QAP dealers to clients and referral sources.
    • Identify and make use of resources for clients to self-educate and make informed decisions regarding safe and reliable equipment and vehicle selections.

    Presenter bios:

    Amy Lane, OTR/L, CDRS is the Director of Education, Training & Conference at the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Prior to this, she was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh and managed a comprehensive driver rehabilitation program. She has more than 30 years of experience practicing as an occupational therapist, with more than 20 of those years dedicated to the field of driver rehabilitation and auto-mobility industry. She has published in both trade and peer reviewed publications, has contributed book content, and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topics of driving and transportation options for persons with disability. She has collaborated with her state’s Department of Transportation, American Occupational Therapy Association, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) and served on various national panels related to driver rehabilitation, low vision driving, and community mobility.

    Amy Schoppman, CAE is NMEDA’s Director of Government Relations & Public Policy. She represented nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations as a Washington, DC-based lobbyist prior to joining NMEDA in 2016. Amy was the 2023 recipient of ADED’s Distinguished Service Award. 

    ADED Members Only | Complimentary | 1 ADED Contact Hour 
    Please note: This presentation is 60 minutes in length. Fast forward is not permitted. Participants must watch the full 60-minute presentation to unlock the survey and contact hour certificate.

    Contact Hour certificates MUST be claimed by December 31, 2024, 11:59 PM ET. 

    Thank you to our course sponsor 
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    Amy Lane

    OTR/L, CDRS

    NMEDA Director of Education, Training & Conference

    Amy Lane, OTR/L, CDRS is the Director of Education, Training & Conference at the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Prior to this, she was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh and managed a comprehensive driver rehabilitation program. She has more than 30 years of experience practicing as an occupational therapist, with more than 20 of those years dedicated to the field of driver rehabilitation and auto-mobility industry. She has published in both trade and peer reviewed publications, has contributed book content, and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topics of driving and transportation options for persons with disability. She has collaborated with her state’s Department of Transportation, American Occupational Therapy Association, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) and served on various national panels related to driver rehabilitation, low vision driving, and community mobility.

    Amy Schoppman

    CAE

    NMEDA Director of Government Relations & Public Policy

    Amy Schoppman, CAE is NMEDA’s Director of Government Relations & Public Policy. She represented nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations as a Washington, DC-based lobbyist prior to joining NMEDA in 2016. Amy was the 2023 recipient of ADED’s Distinguished Service Award. 

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  • Driving Risk Calculator Basics, Updates and Questions

    Driving Risk Calculator Basics, Updates and Questions
    Presented by Ann Forrest Clark, OTR/L, CDRS, LDI
    1.5 ADED Contact Hours | $45 ADED Members | $90 Non-Members 
    After purchase, you have 6 months from the date of purchase to watch the recording, complete the survey, and claim your contact hours. 

    The Driving Risk Calculator (DRC) is a framework that organizes the process of administering and interpreting results from standardized clinical driving skills tests.  The goal of the DRC is to help determine when an individual should or should not be referred for a behind-the-wheel assessment based on clinical skills testing results.  The performance of the DRC has been the subject of previous presentations that are available for viewing on the ADED e-learning platform.  This session will demonstrate how to access and use the fillable test recording forms created for the DRC and posted on the ADED eLearning portal for ADED Members.  Continuous improvement of the DRC is sought through the use of updated evidence-based testing.  Updated standardized tests and resources added over the past months will be presented.   

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will experience the Driving Risk Calculator's purpose, process, and application to the driver rehabilitation assessment process.
    • Attendees will learn through demonstration how to access and utilize the Driving Risk Calculator fillable forms available to ADED members on the ADED website.
    • Utilization of the DRC as a decision-making tool during clinical testing will be demonstrated through case studies review.

    Registration confirmation and payment receipts are e-mailed to the attendee. Refunds will not be issued after purchase or if the purchaser does not complete the content and claim contact hours in the 6-month time frame. ADED does not offer refunds because of technological issues, please consult our FAQs page for any issues you may experience. All complaints relative to the content, instructor, and registration procedures are to be directed to the ADED executive office: 200 1st Ave NW #505 Hickory NC 28601 or via email eLearning@aded.net

    Current CDRS' & DRPs please refer to policy 403 for educational activity and maximum contact hours. 

    Ann Clark, OTR/L, CDRS, LDI

    Ann Forrest Clark has committed the past 40 years of her life to helping people achieve the skills for independent living through occupational therapy.  18 years ago, she added licensed driving instructor to her tool box and has since worked in the clinic and behind the wheel to help individuals achieve the goal of driving or identify when it is time to seek alternative forms of transportation.  In an effort to support other professionals in making those difficult clinical decisions she has developed the Driving Risk Calculator which will be shared at the conference in her presentation.

    Ann has served on the ADED certification committee and as the committee co-chair.   Ann is grateful for the friendship of her fellow committee members and feels she has learned far more from the experience than she has contributed.  She encourages all CDRS’s to consider serving if they feel called to the committee.

  • The Driving Risk Calculator (DRC) is a framework that organizes the results from 21 standardized clinical tests to help determine when an individual should or should not be referred for an On the Road Driving assessment.

    The Driving Risk Calculator (DRC) is a framework that organizes the results from standardized clinical tests to help determine when an individual should or should not be referred for an On the Road Driving assessment.  It was developed for use by OT clinicians across a health care system.  The developer worked with the ADED Research Committee to survey ADED members for feedback on the DRC framework as a method for clinical reasoning. This recording will present the Driving Risk Calculator framework, background and purpose.  It will demonstrate the tests used in the DRC. It will also discuss how the DRC is used as part of clinical reasoning and the development of client recommendations.  The process used to develop the ADED survey, survey results and research path will be examined. 

    After registering you will be able to view all content. 

    • The Content Tab contains videos to explain the Driving Risk Calculator and all of the resources/references. 
    • There are (3) Driving Risk Calculator Forms found in the Handouts Tab. Please be sure you are using Google Chrome as your browser to open the forms. 

    Ann Clark

    OTR/L, CDRS, LDI

    Ann Forrest Clark is an occupational therapist celebrating 39 years as a clinician with specialty study areas including:  dementia care, senior home safety, low vision rehabilitation, ergonomics and driver rehabilitation.  In 2000, Ms. Forrest Clark became a MN licensed driving instructor and in 2012 earned the certified driver rehabilitation specialist credential.  She leads the driver rehabilitation program at St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth, MN.  In 2020, she became the owner operator of the Safer Driver Driving School specializing in senior driver testing and low-tech adaptive equipment driving training.  From 2014 - 2020 Ms. Forrest Clark served on the ADED Certification Committee concluding her service as committee co-chair.  She now serves on the ADED research committee.  

  • This area houses numerous resources for the field of driver rehabilitation.

    This area houses numerous resources for the field of driver rehabilitation.

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  • This course addresses empirically based methods for evaluating the cognitive, visual, visual perceptual, behavioral and executive functions which are required to drive. We will address symptoms and diagnoses that raise special concerns for driving. After a presentation of some of the major resources and test protocols, we will focus on their use in transitioning to behind-the-wheel (BTW) assessment and training with a focus on reviewing clinical deficits effects on performance and appropriate training approaches for clients.

    This 7-hour course addresses empirically based methods for evaluating the cognitive, visual, visual perceptual, behavioral and executive functions which are required to drive. These capacities are often not evident to the outside observer or to the driver. We will address symptoms and diagnoses that raise special concerns for driving. After a presentation of some of the major resources and test protocols, we will focus on their use in transitioning to behind-the-wheel assessment and training with a focus on reviewing clinical deficits effects on performance and appropriate training approaches for clients. The workshop will offer best practices in documentations and communication with the client and other professionals. The workshop will also review strategies for intervention, re-evaluation and address when training may be implemented/recommended or discontinued. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Recognize hidden cognitive, perceptual and behavioral deficits related to neurological pathology that may impact the driving task.
    2. Identify several evidence-based off-road clinical procedures to assess these deficits.
    3. Develop skills to analyze the results of a clinical assessment in relation to potential difficulties that may arise during assessment behind the wheel and, ultimately, in driving.
    4. Develop skills to interpret how clinical deficit may affect driving performance and identify factors that will determine client’s potential for training.
    5. Develop skills for writing an effective plan of care, documenting reportable outcomes to client, family, physicians and state agencies and how best to communicate outcomes to clients, funding agencies and mobility dealers.
    6. Understand BTW training techniques that may address cognitive perceptual difficulties and recognize training approaches that meet the needs of all level clients.
    7. Recognize potential outcomes of training and use of objective re-assessment to ensure progression of skill development while identifying when clients may be discharged or if training should be terminated.
    8. Develop skills for intervention planning for clients with cognitive perceptual or physical difficulties.

    Speakers: Rosamond Gianutsos Psychologist, Ph.D., FAAO, CDRS & Amanda Plourde, COTA/L, CDI, CDRS
    7 ADED Contact Hours