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    Alternative Drive Control

    The Alternative Drive Control Program provides patients with opportunities to experience power wheelchair mobility. This unique program provides many participants with a level of independence that they might not have otherwise achieved. Program participants are often first time users learning the basics of effectively driving a wheelchair using a joystick. Other users may have been unsuccessful with trying power mobility with a standard joystick and could benefit from trying alternative drive control options. The alternative drive control program provides a wide variety of switch and drive controls to enable participants to trial several options during evaluation and treatment sessions. Evaluations consist of thorough assessments with an occupational and physical therapist as well as a vendor. Ongoing trials are conducted for seven weeks to determine the patient's potential to safely operate a power wheelchair.

    Referrals and Location

    Alternative drive control referrals can be made by physicians, school systems, families, employers and through self referral.

    Call (804) 228-5985 to register and receive an intake packet. Important information including medical and educational history, environments (e.g. work, school, home) and an AT history are collected before the evaluation is scheduled.

    The Assistive Technology Program is located at the Brook Road Campus.
    Assistive technology treatment is also available at CHoR's therapy centers.

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