Link June 2018 Volume 27 Issue 3 - Page 38

feature DRIVING WITH HELP FROM THE NDIS Paul Crake (left) and driving instructor Mark Fraser. Gaining independence by learning to drive and having a vehicle to meet individual needs can often be life changing, according to Paul Crake from Total Ability. P aul said specialist driving position to advise people about what controls have come a long way can be a complicated process. in recent years. “There is some state-of-the- recommending the most suitable equipment available, and this is three categories: they want to learn required before the NDIS agrees to art equipment that helps people to drive; they have learned to drive fund equipment and installation. with disability drive safely and with and want to modify their car so that confidence,” he said. they can drive it; or they are looking are updating equipment don’t think to upgrade their existing driving they need a report from a Driving OT, controls,” Paul said. but their NDIS application can get “And now the NDIS is providing funding to make this equipment more affordable. “But where to start? There are a few “In all scenarios, the Driving OT is crucial to help them get the licence Paul warns that some people who knocked back without one. “We’ve often been asked to things you need to know, but the one they need, and funding from the recommend a Driving OT, so over the key message is that a Driver Trained NDIS to fit, or refit, their vehicle with years we’ve developed our own list,” Occupational Therapist or Driving suitable equipment.” Paul said. Occupational Therapist (Driving OT) is pivotal to your journey.” 38 “Generally people fit into one of They also write reports Driving OTs have completed “Whether you are interested in further training to be a registered Total Ability equipment or not, An NDIS registered provider of driving assessor so that they can we welcome a call from anyone equipment installed into modified appraise drivers. They work with having difficulty locating a nearby vehicles, Total Ability has been helping driving instructors experienced Driving OT. If we can help, we’ll people with disability to drive for in rehabilitation, who will have happily do so.” the past eight years and is in a good equipment options fitted. car conversion and equipment