The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) has awarded a grant to Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center that will support the expansion of the center’s Return to Driving service.
Origami will now serve drivers of all ages with neurologic and developmental disabilities through its driver rehabilitation service, which will include behind-the-wheel evaluations and a retraining program.
The service highlights a state-of-the-art driving simulator, global electric motor vehicle on-campus trails and more all under one roof, which will help simplify learning or relearning to drive.
As part of the driver rehabilitation service through Origami, occupational therapists will offer comprehensive clinical assessments and vehicle modification/conformance assessments, driver readiness and rehabilitation evaluations, and evaluations of senior drivers.
“Our goal in providing individuals with behind-the-wheel evaluations and training is to create a safer roadway for all while promoting the highest level of independence for the individual,” said Tammy Hannah, president and CEO of Origami. “The MHEF grant allows us to meet the growing demand of our community and create a comprehensive driving service for individuals in need of on-the-road training.”
The services are also available to teens with disabilities who may need further support in their driver education and training.
“We know there are teens who are eager to pass their driving test and parents who are uncertain if this will be possible,” said Amanda Carr, Ddirector of rehabilitation. “Our expertise and compassion makes our driver training the perfect opportunity for these potential drivers.”
Origami has purchased a new car for behind-the-wheel evaluations that is specially equipped with instructor brake and controls, assistive steering, hand controls, specialty knobs, and adapted mirrors.
For more information, visit origamirehab.org.