September has been a very busy month for us and we hardly even notice that it’s almost October already! Read through below and check out our highlights for the month of September.
This month, we have been a part of a vehicle conversion conference in Sydney wherein we have checked and trialled some of the newest modifications available. But one of the highlights from our trip is meeting the main man, Ali from Mobility Engineering. Mobility Engineering is an awesome company supplying products for driving with a disability but also for disability transport. Please check them out and search for them on YouTube and make sure you hit their subscribe button.
We also had a fantastic time with Abilities Occupational Therapy, educating them on OT driver assessments and letting them have a play with the modified car. If you need an OT service in country SA and the outer Adelaide area make sure you check them out. They really are an awesome team (and put on an awesome spread for their teams PD days let me tell you ?).
We also recently attended the latest Disability and Lifestyle Expo in Adelaide Showgrounds. Happy that we were able to assist many potential drivers with information that they need. Soon, they’ll be experiencing the freedom of independent driving, which we are very much looking forward to.
Nick’s story and progress were one of our favourites. Nick’s desire to drive and be able to be independent is what had kept us going and keep pushing to try different modifications that would suit him and his condition. We had installed his vehicle with the latest state-of-the-art technology called, Space Drive.
Similarly, we’ll be having a modified high-level assessment vehicle for trial. The Total Ability van has similar features such as a remote steering wheel, power accelerators, voice controls for wipers and lights – how cool is that? It also has controls for one-handed steering and also foot steering for those who have bilateral upper issues. Click here to read more about our latest blog post.
September Featured Vehicle Modification
Here is a push radial hand control which means you push it forward for the break and patted down towards your knee to accelerate. Zach installed it into an old 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser so we can take an off-road trip around Australia.
Do you want or need this kind of modification for your car? We have more options for you or you can email us through firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also happy to meet one of the stars of the TV show “Taboo” Khoa. He lost both legs in a car crash and has robotic prosthetic legs. And yes, he can definitely drive. Check out his video as he drives me around and shows me his cool car modifications.
We here at Williams OT are very happy that Serena has finally got here P-plates! Great work Serena.
Serena was diagnosed with Hippel-Feil syndrome, cervical fusion, short stature, left upper limb shortage, left radius deficiency and missing fingers on the left hand, and scoliosis. But we didn’t let stand in the way of her dream to be independent and experience the freedom associated with driving.
Serena has learned to drive with pedal extensions (but did not need these in her vehicle) and a spinner knob and indicator extension. She also has blind spot mirrors and a handbrake extension.
Serena committed herself to learn how to use these modifications and is now a smiling P-plater.
Is one spinner knob just like the rest?
Total Ability High Assessment Vehicle
Coming to Adelaide this October
The Total Ability assessment van offers drive from wheelchair testing with controls such as a remote mini steering wheel, fully electronic power-assisted accelerator and brake and voice-controlled secondary controls such as indicators and wipers and lights. The van also has full joystick controls being installed for one-handed operation and might be available for the upcoming visit. Such controls are excellent for clients with no leg function with weak upper limb control but still have a desire to drive and be independent. The van also has the option of foot steering with a client has bilateral upper limb issues.
The van will be coming in this October 15-26th, so if you want to test in the modifications offered, which are pretty similar to what Nick is using in our feature story above, then feel free to email us at email@example.com
For more information about the van, click here to download the brochure.
Some interesting articles for you
- Surgical Management of Nystagmus
- Executive Functions and Daily Functionshttps://europepmc.org/abstract/med/30221853
- Return to car driving is safe 6 weeks after operative treatment of right ankle fractures https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00402-018-3037-3
- Examining Driving Retirement Through a Terror Management Theory Paradigm https://irl.umsl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1764&context=dissertation
- Viewpoints of pedestrians with and without cognitive impairment on shared zones and zebra crossings https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0203765
- The Work Disability Functional Assessment Batteryhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12498-018-0247-0
- Red Flags and Off Ramps: Providing Community Education About Driving and Dementiahttps://journals.lww.com/homehealthcarenurseonline/Abstract/2018/09000/Red_Flags_and_Off_Ramps__Providing_Community.8.aspx
- Association between cognitive ability and functional outcomes following traumatic brain injuryhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02699052.2018.1517223