Medical Driving Evaluations

Joan Cramer

Joan Cramer
Joan Sevigny Cramer, MS, OT/L, CDRS received her Bachelor’s in Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University and continued her education at the University of Hartford where she earned a Master’s in Science in Organizational Behavior. Joan’s career has involved work in various clinical arenas serving clients with a variety of diagnoses. Her clinical expertise includes seating and positioning and home care consultation. After assisting her mother through the process of retiring from driving, she became intrigued with the specialty of Driver Rehabilitation. Her journey to become a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist began in 2015 by attending a comprehensive seminar lead by Susan Pierce, OTR, CDRS, SCDCM. She attended additional training sessions hosted by The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) who supports those working in this field; they establish guidelines for best practice and oversee the process for certification in this specialized field of practice. In August 2017 Joan successfully passed the certification exam making her the only Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist in the state of Connecticut. She has recently been appointed the chair of an Ad Hoc Committee for ADED to assist with the development of training resources for those planning to take future certification exams. As the past President of the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, she continues to volunteer as a speaker at local conferences with a mission to heighten awareness of her peers as they guide their clients, young and old, in preparation to drive following injury/illness. Joining the team at The Next Street will allow Joan to offer comprehensive services to those in need across the state. She is excited to learn from her associates who specialize in driver training and to broaden her involvement with young adults who wish to drive. In her free time Joan values time with her family, spoiling her 5 grandchildren and making memories with her mom. She hopes to incorporate her love for service animals in her efforts to work with clients behind the wheel.
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Adaptive Driving Equipment | The Left Foot Accelerator Pedal

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 1:03:27 PM

Cars are the most common method of transportation in the United States, and it’s easy to forget exactly how complicated their operation can be. Between audio and visual cues, and using both hands and sometimes both feet, there’s a lot to handle on the road. 

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Low Effort Steering Assistance

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:59:53 PM

We don’t often think about the physical challenges of driving, but they’re actually a very important part of staying safe behind the wheel. 

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Spinner Knobs for Cars

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:58:12 PM

To many people, young and old, getting behind the wheel of a car represents independence and freedom. But if you have any physical, visual, or mental difficulties, the idea of being safe, comfortable, and confident behind the car may be a bit more challenging.

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Hand Controls for Cars

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:53:29 PM

Driving a car can be one of the most liberating parts of everyday life. However, it can also be one of the most challenging, no matter who you are or where you’re driving. 

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Extra Car Side Mirrors

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:49:27 PM

Despite the fact that driving is one of the most common parts of everyday life, doing it safely and consistently can be a complicated challenge. Add in any physical, cognitive, or visual complications, and driving can change from a standard part of your day to a significant hurdle.

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Car Pedal Extensions

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:46:39 PM

Most vehicles are built to ideally suit people within a specific height range. But that doesn’t mean that people outside of that height range can’t successfully and safely drive a car (like the famous examples of actor Verne Troyer and basketball player Shaquille O’Neal). 

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Car Hand Control Adjustments

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:35:38 PM

Driving a car is one of the most common skills in the world today, and it’s easy to forget just how complicated cars have become. Older motor vehicles only required management of gas, brakes, and steering. Meanwhile, modern vehicles introduce a wide array of other essential functions.

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Adaptive Driving Equipment | Turn Signal Crossover Lever

Posted by Joan Cramer on Jun 10, 2021 12:34:49 PM

Driving is one of the most liberating skills of everyday life and can be a rite of passage for most young people. However, if you don’t have the use of one of your hands, driving might seem like a daunting challenge!

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Driving With a Left Foot Accelerator

Posted by Joan Cramer on Feb 6, 2021 4:17:51 PM

There are a number diagnostic groups for which a vehicle can be adapted to accommodate for the loss of the right foot function. The individual driving with a left foot accelerator must enter the process knowing it will require a great deal of training and practice to successfully learn to operate a vehicle in all conditions with this adaptation.

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Topics: driver rehab, adaptive driving, left foot accelerator, equipment

Deciding to Install Pedal Extenders

Posted by Joan Cramer on Feb 6, 2021 2:58:36 PM

The physical challenges associated with being short statured must be addressed before one can operate a vehicle. Access to the pedals is a concern for many short people. The use of pedal extenders is an option for adjusting foot support on the pedals, but it is not the only, or first, step to take when driving with modifications.

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Topics: short stature, adaptive driving, Pedal Extenders

Driving is Important

We Are Here to Keep You Safe Behind the Wheel

Our Driver Rehabilitation program works with patients whose change in health may affect their ability to safely drive. We have a team of Certified Driving Rehab Specialists that will work with patients on evaluating your driving abilities. We also have a team of professional instructors to help you gain or regain the skills you need to drive. We created this blog to talk about the various diagnoses we experience and how they may affect your experience behind the wheel. 

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