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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Driver Assessment and Training Services

older lady in the driver's seat

To make an appointment
call 612-775-2475.

For many of us, being able to drive means independence, mobility and a sense of control in our lives. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s unique Driver Assessment and Training service consists of both assessment and training.

New or experienced drivers with visual, cognitive, physical, medical challenges, changes due to aging, disability or mental health issues may benefit from our services. For more than 35 years, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has been the leader in driver assessment and training for seniors and people with disabilities.

Pre-Driving Classes

Pre-driving classes geared for young people ages 15-21 who have a mild disability are offered during the summer. To view upcoming classes, go to allinahealth.org/classes and search on the keyword "pre-driving."

Assessment Services

The two-part comprehensive driver assessment consists of clinical and in-vehicle assessments.

Clinical assessment

  • Vision testing
  • Reaction time screening
  • Memory and problem solving
  • Upper and lower body strength and coordination
  • Cognitive processing skills

In-vehicle services

  • Assessment in a minivan or sedan
  • Prescription for adaptive driving equipment
  • Private driving lessons in a van or sedan
  • Vehicle use for the State road test.

All information is kept confidential, but we encourage involvement with your physician and family. With your permission, your physician is given a copy of your completed assessment results.

Designed for Seniors and People With:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • Amputation
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Congenital disabilities
  • Degenerative neurological conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Learning and developmental disabilities
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual impairment
  • Mental health disorder.

Our Professional Team

Members of the assessment team include occupational therapists, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS), and driving instructors licensed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Potential Outcomes of an Assessment

Recommendations generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Continue driving
  • Continue driving with restrictions, such as no night driving, no rush hour driving, or driving only within a determined distance from your home.
  • Continue driving with vehicle modifications. Lessons are recommended to further develop skill and safety in using any new equipment and to prepare the client for the State road test.
  • Driving lessons
  • Referral to therapy to determine if skills required for driving can be improved. Therapy may include physical, occupational, vision, behavioral or other. An extended assessment may be recommended to establish consistency in driving safety
  • Discontinue driving. A list of alternative transportation options will be provided.

Funding and More Information

Driver Assessment and Training services typically are self-pay. In some cases, funding may be available through the State’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, workers’ compensation, school systems and Medicaid waivers. A discount on driving services is available for individuals on Medicaid.

Locations

  • Burnsville
  • Duluth
  • Forest Lake
  • Golden Valley
  • Buffalo
  • Owatonna
  • St. Cloud
  • Stillwater

For more information, call 612-775-2829 or send us an email. To make an appointment, call 612-775-2475.