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About the program
As we age, our driving skills might not be as sharp as they once were. A serious illness or injury can also affect those skills. The UW Health Driver Assessment Program can work with you to see if you have the skills necessary to continue or return to driving.
Who should get a drivers assessment?
New and existing drivers who have:
A condition such as stroke, head injury, brain tumor, spinal cord injury, amputation, etc.
Ongoing conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, etc.
Physical or cognitive challenge from aging as well as those caused by learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, etc.
How is the assessment done?
The results are given to your referring clinician to assist in the final decision about your ability to drive.
How to schedule
A referral is required for this program. Please speak with your clinician about getting an Activities of Daily Living referral (AIDL). Once you have a referral, please call the UW Health University Avenue Rehabilitation Clinic at (608) 263-8412 to schedule an appointment.
Fees for the Driver Assessment Program are billed as an occupational therapy service and are reimbursed by most health insurance providers. Please check with your insurance provider regarding specific coverage.
Important information about the program
The Driver Assessment Program does not include a behind-the-wheel assessment. If this is needed, we will refer you to a qualified community agency that specializes in these assessments There may be an out-of-pocket cost to you.
UW Health cannot grant or take away a driver’s license. This falls under the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).
We are not authorized to evaluate requirements to operate commercial vehicles or to obtain or maintain a commercial driver's license (CDL). We can evaluate whether a driver may be safe driving a standard car, which is the first step in returning to drive with a commercial license.
We encourage you to bring a support person with to the assessment with you. Decisions about driving are important to both you and your loved ones.