What specific NDIS funding do I need?
For driving lessons and an OT driving assessment, you will need funding in the ‘CB daily activity’ (Improved daily living) category of NDIS funding. For vehicle modifications, funding is required in the ‘Assistive technology’ category. When you apply for NDIS funding, inform your planner/coordinator of your goals to drive.
OT driving assessment in more detail
The purpose of the OT driving assessment is to determine if a person’s medical condition or disability is impacting on their driving performance, to ensure that they can drive safely and to RMS standards. The content below is applicable to C class vehicles, though it is a similar process for other licence types (e.g. trucks or commercial vehicles).
There are two parts of the assessment: the off-road section and the on-road section. The off-road part involves the OT performing a visual, cognitive and physical assessment to assess if there are any significant deficits or issues that may influence your driving capacity.
In the on-road portion, you will then drive a dual-controlled vehicle for 1 hour with the driving instructor and OT. The assessment is only focused on whether your medical condition is altering your functional capacity to operate the vehicle. Any minor errors you commit (that do not require physical intervention from the driving instructor), are generally overlooked. On the other hand, if you make a critical error (which requires the driving instructor to intervene, either by activating the emergency brake or taking control of the steering wheel), this results in an automatic ‘fail’ of the assessment. The driving instructor will not physically intervene unless there is danger of a collision or accident. The OT and driving instructor will discuss with you the outcome of the assessment immediately afterwards, and the OT will complete the report and send it to the RMS, NDIS and your doctor.