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Driver Rehabilitation and Training Program

Occupational Therapy Driver Rehabilitation Program

Since 1957 the Driver Rehabilitation Program, as part of the Occupational Therapy Department at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Rancho Research Institute, Inc., has been assisting disabled or medically at risk drivers to become skilled drivers.  In addition, our program consults on modified vehicle selection to fit driver needs.  We serve drivers of all ages (from teen to senior drivers).


What We Provide:

  • Pre-driving screening and exercises to enhance driving skills
  • Behind the wheel evaluation of driving potential
  • Individualized driver training with adaptive driving equipment
  • Driving simulator training with adaptive driving equipment
  • Evaluation for modified vehicle and equipment needs
  • Resources to purchase commercially available equipment from
  • Preparation for DMV licensing and Driver Safety Office procedures
  • Information and counseling about driving needs
  • Driver education for new or experienced drivers
  • Referrals to other driving resources when appropriate
  • Exploring alternatives to driving or community mobility training
  • Passenger seating evaluations


Common Diagnoses that We See:

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Polio
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Chronic Disabilities
  • Age-Related Changes
  • Developmental Disabilities


Our Staff:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Licensed Driving Instructors



  • Health insurances do not cover the driving evaluation or training sessions. 
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Information Sheet:

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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How to Participate:



  • 9:00 a.m. -“ 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for individual appointments
  • We also offer a Driving Support Group, open to the community, generally the 2nd and 4th Monday each month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., through the Rancho Wellness Center
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Contact Us:

Stephanie Hayes-Jackson, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Building 900, Room 88A
(562) 385-7081
(562) 385-6167 fax