The gift will support tuition for a student enrolled in the UF Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy program housed in the department of occupational therapy.
The program provides an educational experience that concurrently focuses on development of specialized skills, advanced practice behaviors, leadership activities, and critical appraisal of research in the area of driver rehabilitation. Graduates of this program are qualified to be entry-level driver rehabilitation therapists working with medically-at-risk drivers through the lifespan.
UF's Professional Certificate: Driver Rehabilitation Therapy (DRT) program trains students to screen, assess and evaluate drivers who are medically-at-risk for driving or who are unfit to drive. Students will also learn to provide evidence-based interventions for experienced licensed drivers representing populations across the lifespan.
The program will provide students with a systematic understanding of the relevant knowledge inside and outside their scope of practice and a critical awareness of current problems or new insights, much of which is informed by the evidence and practice regarding driver rehabilitation, as outlined below:
to make fitness to drive determinations across a variety of clinical specialties (e.g., neurology, pediatrics, gerontology), and across various settings (e.g., in-patient, outpatient, home health), across the lifespan (e.g., teens to older adults) of at-risk populations.
on driver rehabilitation to advance the body of knowledge in a specific area of practice.
with complex client cases and make clinical judgments based on established driver rehabilitation principles, techniques, and evidence.
assessment results, intervention plans, rehabilitation strategies, vehicle adaptations, and client outcomes through a variety of methods (orally, written reports, vehicle modification prescriptions, referrals, regulatory decisions) to clients and their families, health care providers and community stakeholders.