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    Mobility IssuesSome people with MS find they need to convert their cars to hand controls, or partially alter the controls to suite their degree of disability. In most cases there is a need for assessment and skilled training and this is available at the centres.

    The UK Forum of Mobility Centres has been set up to create a network of centres around the country to share the experience of assessing and advising disabled and elderly people with regard to driving and other mobility problems.

    The aims and objectives of the Forum are to develop protocols for a systematic approach to assessments, to determine and set minimum standards, to promote research into driving assessment and other areas of mobility and to promote education and training in all areas of mobility.

    The full members include some well established, independent mobility assessment centres as well as relatively new organisations. All full members have undergone an accreditation process to demonstrate that they have the knowledge, understanding, staff and equipment to be able to undertake driving and other mobility assessments to the minimum standard required by Forum.

    To find out where the nearest Mobility Centre to you is located visit the UK Forum of Mobility Centres webpage.

    Details of these centres are also available by  contacting MSRC.


    Driving or a Passenger with a Disability

    My name is Sharon Reynolds, Customer Liaison & Information Officer, raising awareness of the Regional Driving Assessment Centre. We help people maintain independence through mobility.

    We pride ourselves in the successful running of Birmingham, Oxford, Cannock, Hull & Northampton assessment centres with highly professional trained staff.

     As an accredited member of the Forum of Mobility Centres we are the only organisation from whom:

    o     the DVLA will refer to for driving assessments in the private sector:

    o     Motability will refer to for assessments of their customers as drivers or passengers.

    We are dedicated to helping disabled people of all ages and the elderly maintain their independent mobility safely and to help those travelling as passengers in vehicles and their carers’. We provide several types of assessments for drivers and passengers at our centres which are conducted by our highly trained occupational therapists and driving advisers with many years of experience.

    We offer a range of assessments for people:

    •     Driving Ability Assessment: If people have had a full licence, this assessment looks at both their ability to control the vehicle and to deal with traffic and other road users. This is ideal for who are still able to access a car seat unaided that may or may not require adaptations to their car. They may have had a head injury, stroke or other form or deliberating illness, or just need to know that they still have the ability to drive safely.

    •     People who are concerned about learning to drive who may have physical or cognitive problems

    •     Advice on adaptations for people who have a physical disability and need advice on car adaptations but do not need to drive from a wheelchair. We are able to an opportunity to try out equipment in our vehicles which are all dual controlled for safety.

    •     Specialist Vehicle Assessments for people who need high technology solutions and those who are unable to transfer into a vehicle independently or are unable to stow their wheelchair. Although the high technology equipment is fitted to large vehicles that can accommodate people driving from a wheelchair some can also be fitted to smaller vehicles for those who can still transfer.

    •     Passenger/Carer Assessment: This service is for passengers who have difficulty getting in and out of a vehicle. The assessment explores a range of options including the use of specialist transfer and stowage equipment and wheelchair accessible vehicles. It may also benefit carers who are experiencing difficulty assisting the transfer of clients or relatives.

     Other services include:

    •     Driving Lessons: We are able to offer familiarisation lessons from the centre for those people who require vehicles with new controls and refresher training for those who need to improve the standard of their driving.

    •     Car seat clinics for disabled children travelling in cars

    The centre has a team of dedicated specially trained Driving Advisers (specialist driving instructors), Occupational Therapists and Administration staff who can offer invaluable advice regarding information as well as reassurance to people who we understand may have concerns and feel anxious about driving with a disability.

    We are an accredited member of the Forum of Mobility Centres.

    Website : http://www.rdac.co.uk/

    Email: [email protected]

    Sharon Reynolds

    Customer Liaison & Information Officer


    BSM Mobility - the road to independence

    BSM (British School of Motoring) has launched a specialist driver training programme for disabled people.

    Throughout the UK, there are now around 200 BSM instructors specially trained to teach people with disabilities. As well as teaching them driving skills, these instructors can also help them overcome their nerves and grow in confidence.

    While there may be limitations to what some people can do, BSM believe it is important for students to feel that, with the right adaptations, no task is impossible.

    Disabled learners need to allow plenty of time for their training and focus on it properly. Regular tuition and practice is particularly important for anyone who is used to driving a standard manual transmission car and now needs to get to grips with specialist adaptations.

    For more information on BSM Mobility training call 08457 276276 or visit the BSM website


    Further Information

    Toll concessions for disabled person's badge holders at road bridges and tunnels

    Disabled people using some toll bridges and tunnels should be entitled to concessions provided they meet certain conditions set by the owners or operators.

    In some cases, to qualify for a concession an application has to be made in advance to the relevant bridge, tunnel or local authority. It is, therefore, generally advisable to check with owners or operators first.

    For a comprehensive list of Toll concessions please click here.


    Mobilise Logo

    Mobilise promotes and protects the welfare and personal mobility of all disabled people, drivers and non-drivers.

    Membership is open to both drivers and non-drivers with a disability that affects mobility. Those without a disability are also welcome to join as an associate member.

    As a member of Mobilise you have access to a helpline run by experienced information officers, a monthly magazine, and plenty of discounts and concessions. Mobilise also campaigns tirelessly for improvements to the blue badge scheme, parking at healthcare facilities and exemption from congestion charges. Mobilise also has regular contact with Motability and the Department for Transport where they make your voice heard and listened to.

    Further Information

    Mobilise
    National Headquarters
    Ashwellthorpe
    Norwich NR16 1EX

    Website : http://www.mobilise.info

    Email : [email protected]

    Tel: 01508489449
    Fax: 01508488173

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