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Driving Program Evaluates Drivers with Special Needs

St. John’s provides a driving program that evaluates and assists drivers with special needs. The program recently received a $45,000 grant. KSMU’s Alvin Chen reports.

St. John’s driving rehabilitation program focuses on older adults and people with disabilities. It evaluates people who are unable to drive a car without adaptive equipment, and offers the opportunity for training so as to improve their driving safety.

Matt Skala is the Assistant Director of Rehab/Outpatient Therapy Services at St. John’s.

The program recently received a $ 45,000 grant from the Greene County Senior Citizen’s Service Fund. Skala says the grant will help expand the driving program.

Sheri Davis is with the Northview Senior Center. She says the most common problem among older drivers is vision problems. And she says this driving program will help older drivers recognize that they need evaluation and training.

St. John’s driving rehabilitation program is the first and the only source in the region for on-the-road assessments. The next closest areas providing evaluations are St. Louis and Kansas City.

For KSMU News, I'm Alvin Chen.