A meaningful and significant activity that people perform everyday is driving. For many people, the ability to drive is crucial to their independence. However, some people may develop disabilities, conditions or injuries that may disturb their driving capacity. In NSW, it is the responsibility of every driver to inform the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) of any medical condition that potentially affects their driving. However, other people in the person’s life who is concerned about their driving, such as their Doctor or a family member, can also inform the RMS of the person’s condition.
When a person has a condition or disability that is deemed to affect their driving skills, they are required to undergo an OT driving assessment. Common examples of conditions that require an assessment are cognitive conditions (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease), brain injury, stroke, amputations and developmental delays or intellectual disabilities. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate how the condition is impacting on the person’s driving to ensure that the person can drive safely.