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Does a medical condition or disability interfere with your driving?

Are you a driver with a disability or medical issue

Do you want to gain, retain or regain your driving license, but don’t know where to begin?                                              Read More

Are you a Corporate Fleet Manager

You have heard of office ergonomics, but what is the impact on driver health when not sitting correctly and driving many kilometers for work? Read More

Are you a Health or Medical Professional

Not sure when to refer for a driver assessment? Or are you looking for medical certificates, including light vehicle, heavy vehicle, eyesight. Read More

Are you wanting to learn how to drive with a disability

Do you have a disability or medical condition and you want to gain your licence, independence and freedom to drive?           .Read More

Are you a Case Manager

Do you need to know if a worker or injured client has capacity to drive or to drive further? Assessments include work/driver capacity for car, van, truck, bus, machine. Read More

Are you interested in driver aids and equipment

Do you have a physical disability, or is your physical function declining?  You may need a piece of equipment to help with independence. Read More

Are you a Concerned Relative.

Do you have a loved one who wants to gain their license, or retain their license but you’re just not sure how to assist?                  .Read More

Are you wanting to know about our full list of services

Driver rehabilitation, Driver lessons, Vehicle modifications and equipment, plus non-driver community mobility training.       . Read More

NDIS registered

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Williams OT is registered as a provider with NDIS. We are registered as a provider for:

Occupational therapy driver assessments and rehabilitation

Driving lessons for NDIS clients with a disability

Supply and installation of vehicle aids and equipment to assist clients with a disability.

To find out more about how Williams OT can assist you with NDIS and driving, click here or on the NDIS logo above

Friendly, qualified and experienced Team.

We understand that driving is important and it is a freedom often taken for granted.

We also understand that when an injury or illness affects the ability to drive, it can cause significant emotional challenges and a serious loss of independence.

We are committed to assisting people to gain, regain or maintain independence through driving.

We have Driver Trained Occupational Therapists ready to find out how we can help people to drive safely and appropriately. We have a team of driving instructors who specialise in teaching people with disabilities or medical issues to drive. This includes modified vehicles for training and rehabilitation. We also have South Australia’s only Occupational Therapist who is also a qualified Driving Instructor.  The quality of rehabilitation and training offered through this service will have you driving again sooner and more appropriately for your condition.

Plus we also install equipment and modify vehicles in our DPTI approved workshop specific to client’s medical conditions.

At Williams Occupational Therapy, clients are not handed around from one service provider to another. You do not have a salesperson trying to sell you products. You do not have instructors who are unskilled in medical conditions. At Williams Occupational Therapy we will assist you through the entire process of reaching your driving goals.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is an occupational therapy driver assessment?

An occupational therapy driver assessment is a functional assessment based around the daily activity of driving. An Occupational Therapist (OT) specially trained in the field of driving will assess your function for driving starting with an initial assessment, or pre-drive assessment. In this assessment the occupational therapist gets to know you and disability or medical condition. The Occupational Therapist will determine in this assessment whether it is appropriate to do a follow up assessment, also known as an on-road assessment.

The full assessment will determine the best way forward for your driving future when having to deal with a medical issue.

An Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment will help you navigate the licensing system based around your personal circumstances. The assessment will determine the best rehabilitation plan for your medical condition. It will also determine the best compensatory strategies for the medical condition, if required.

Why should I choose to engage Williams Occupational Therapy?

Williams Occupational Therapy have built a reputation for assisting clients with a disability or medical issue who have a desire to gain, regain or maintain their drivers license.

We are not just an assessment agency.

We are not just a driving school.

We are not just a car modifier.

Williams Occupational Therapy are all of these. And more!

As a client of Williams Occupational Therapy, you will not be handed around from one service provider to another. We will assist you through the entire process of reaching your driving goals.

And this is all we do.

So we are focused on meeting your needs.

We strongly believe that we offer you the most comprehensive and premium driving service when considering driving with a medical issue or disability.

I have a disability and I want to learn to drive. How should I go about that?

We believe that we can offer you the highest quality training. We do not guess. We do not conduct a trial and error approach. And we do not send you down a path that might fail.

At Williams Occupational Therapy, we base our intervention around a full assessment of your functional ability. This assessment provides insight to your medical condition or disability and how best to compensate for this for the long term activity of driving.

If you are unsure if you have a future driving, or you want some advice before sitting for your learners permit, an Occupational Therapy initial drivers assessment can assist the likelihood of success of driving. They will also help determine the best path forward and will assist you along this path.

How is a Williams Occupational Therapy driver assessment different from a department of transport driving assessment?

A department of Transport driving assessment is completed around a set route. It does not take into account the needs of the medical condition. It is not a solutions based assessment. This is usually the final step in the process to being issued with a licence and is a pass or fail assessment.

A Williams Occupational Therapy driver assessment is a detailed assessment where we get to know you, your need to drive, and the details of your medical condition or disability. This determines the best solution for the future of your driving and sets you on the path for passing the Department of Transport assessment, if required.

Why should I have an Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment prior to having modifications or equipment installed to my vehicle?

An Occupational Therapist takes into account the entire needs of the person. If you have never had an Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment, it is strongly recommended. A Williams Occupational Therapy driver assessment includes assessment of the limbs required and movements required to use modifications. Too often we see clients that have had a piece of equipment installed that has aggravated the joints in their good limbs. An Occupational Therapist understands the forces and strength required to use specific modifications to help avoid such issues.

An Occupational Therapist will also help navigate you through the entire process to having modifications installed. This includes assessment, and reassessment if required, to make sure the modifications are the right fit for you prior to purchase. They will also help with having the modifications recognised on your licence for future driving, and having your vehicle assessed through the Department of Transport to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy following the installation of equipment.

My drivers licence has been medically suspended, now what?

If you believe that you have the function to return to driving then the team at Williams Occupational Therapy may be able to assist. Williams Occupational Therapy have a team of professionals that are dedicated to assisting clients gain, maintain or regain their driver€™s licence. In most cases, if your license has been medically suspended through a medical event, you will need to have an Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment.

You do not need pre-approval from you medical specialist to have an initial assessment with a driver trained Occupational Therapist. However we advise that it may be in your best interest to discuss you goal of driving with your medical team first.

Before any on road assessment, you will need to have medical clearance from your doctor or medical specialist. If you have had an initial assessment with one of our Occupational Therapists, they will assist you through this process by producing a report for you medical team which will have recommendations of how to best meet your goal of returning to driving

What is the cost and is there any funding available for occupational therapy driver assessments, lessons or modifications to my vehicle?

Unless you are covered by an insurance scheme, such as NDIS, Lifetime Support Agency, Return to Work SA, etc., Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments, lessons and vehicle modifications are rarely covered by your private health insurance in full. We encourage you to contact your own private health insurance agency for reimbursement guidelines. If you are covered by an insurance scheme, in most cases, the cost of a driver assessment and associated follow-up recommendations are fully covered, however, you need to discuss this with your case manager.

Williams Occupational therapy asks for all assessments and modifications to be paid in full prior to service. However, we understand that finding the funds can sometimes be difficult and we don’t want people to be off the road longer than necessary. Therefore Williams OT has organised payment plans with terms and conditions to help you advance as soon as possible.

For the full cost of an assessment, and for terms and conditions regarding payment for services, please contact us.

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