Having a disability doesn’t have to stop you from taking advantage of things many other people can – including driving. With effective vehicle modifications and the appropriate training, quite often an individual with a spinal cord injury can get back on the road and once again enjoy their freedom.
Two of the main hurdles people often encounter after a spinal cord injury is a lack of independence and confidence. Getting behind the wheel again is one of the biggest steps to personal and professional freedom for those with disabilities, and it’s a skill that allows you more control over your life.
Having the ability to drive a vehicle after a spinal cord injury opens up many new possibilities and opportunities. For instance, you can go back to school or work on your own. You may feel freer to drive to in-person support groups or take part in adaptive sports. You might even want to take a road trip vacation. Either way, you’ll be able to socialize and feel like you are part of your community.
There are a range of different factors that need to be considered when planning to drive after a spinal cord injury. A lot will depend on the level of the injury and individual’s ability to make certain key movements to safely control a vehicle.
Many people with a spinal cord injury are able to transfer into a car or truck, or break their wheelchair down, and load it into their vehicle, so the only modifications they may require are hand controls and possibly a steering wheel knob. Others would require many adaptive modifications to one’s vehicle, such as a van with a lift, automatic door openers, and hand controls.
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